Mechanical and electrical equipment for buildings by Walter T. Grondzik, Alison G. Kwok, Benjamin Stein, John S.

By Walter T. Grondzik, Alison G. Kwok, Benjamin Stein, John S. Reynolds

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The underlying philosophy of a case study is to capture information from a particular situation and convey the information in a way that makes it useful to a broader range of situations. A building case study attempts to present the lessons learned from one case in a manner that can benefit other cases (future designs). In North America, the Vital Signs and Agents of Change projects have focused upon disseminating a building performance case study methodology for design professionals and students—with an intentional focus upon occupied buildings (à la POEs).

5 VALIDATION AND EVALUATION To function as a knowledge-based profession, design (architecture and engineering) must reflect upon previous efforts and learn from existing buildings. Except in surprisingly rare situations, most building designs are generally unique—comprising a collection of elements not previously assembled in precisely the same way. ” Unfortunately, the vast majority of buildings exist as untested hypotheses. Little in the way of performance evaluation or structured feedback from the owner and occupants is typically sought.

The emergence of green building rating systems has greatly rationalized design intent and design criteria in this particular area of architecture. Prior to the advent of LEED (or GBTool), anyone could claim greenness for his/her designs. Although green design is entered into voluntarily (no codes currently require it, although a number of municipalities require new public buildings to be green), there are now generally accepted standards against which performance can be measured. Appendix G provides an excerpt from the LEED green building rating system.

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