5/27/2010

Building commissioning -- where engineers evaluate a structure's energy efficiency beginning at the design stage -- can help architects and developers spot potential energy hogs before the building is constructed, sharply reducing the building's energy use and reducing the need for costly retrofits. Only about 1% of buildings currently go through the commissioning process, but researchers say the technique would save American companies up to $30 billion a year if it were more widely applied.

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