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E d i t o r ’ s c o m m E n t a r y Considering Emissions W e know U.S. buildings, homes and appliances have become more efficient. In fact, greenhouse gas emissions from commercial and residential sectors have increased only 2% in the last two decades. That doesn’t seem too bad if our view is focused only on what’s happening at the site. Zooming out to see the whole picture shows us what’s happening off-site has more serious environmental impacts. Higher electricity consumption in the commercial and residential sectors has increased indirect emissions by 42% since 1990. That’s off-site emissions caused primarily by burning fossil fuels at power plants. So, can we say a building is high performing without considering its emissions? The editorial advisory board of this magazine says no. In future issues, annual CO2 emissions will be added to the Energy at a Glance sidebar included in every HPB case study. “WHERE’S THE Carbon Footprint?” by board members Lindsay Audin and Adam W. Hinge, P.E., Member ASHRAE, explains how on-site and off-site CO2 emissions will be calculated using guidance from the EPA and international standards, and how CO2 emissions impact building design. “If we were charged for disposal of CO2 emissions in the same ways we incur maintenance and replacement costs (e.g., to properly dispose of linear fluorescent lamps), that cost would be factored into a design’s economics, possibly altering one’s equipment choices,” say the authors. The authors also explore the complexities of renewable energy certificates (RECs), which represent the environmental attributes of one MWh of electricity produced through renewable energy generation. A benefit is that RECs are not location specific. However, are they equivalent to on-site renewables? The authors tackle these issues starting on Page 50. CONNECTIONS are a theme in this edition. • Twelve | West in Portland, Ore., is built on the former site of a derelict building and provides connection between the city’s emerging West End neighborhood and the surrounding thriving neighborhoods. • McCormick’s distribution center joined customer demand with cost efficiency to reduce its environmental impact with a new solar array and energy efficiency measures. • Earth Rangers Centre near Toronto uses Animal Ambassadors at its headquarters to link children to nature. • Chandler, Ariz., sought to reconnect to its community by building the new City Hall in the heart of its run-down city center. WE HOPE you enjoy this edition. Stay tuned for our new monthly enewsletter coming this spring. Sarah Foster High Performing Buildings describes measured performance of practices and technologies to promote better buildings, presenting case studies that feature integrated building design practices and improved operations and maintenance techniques. H IGH P ERFORMING b UILDINGS 1791 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329-2305 Phone: 404-636-8400, Fax: 404-321-5478 www.HPBmagazine.org, E-mail: HPBmagazine@ashrae.org Editorial advisory Board Lindsay Audin, Energywiz David Grumman, P.E., Grumman/Butkus Associates Sheila Hayter, P.E., National Renewable Energy Lab Adam W. Hinge, P.E., Sustainable Energy Partnerships Vivian Loftness, FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University Kent Peterson, P.E., P2S Engineering Donald Winston, P.E., The Durst Organization Editorial Fred Turner, fturner@ashrae.org Sarah Foster, sfoster@ashrae.org ASSOCIATE EDITORS Rebecca Matyasovski, rebecca@ashrae.org Charlotte Tubbs, ctubbs@ashrae.org Christopher Weems, cweems@ashrae.org Jeri Eader, jeader@ashrae.org EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Tani Palefski, tpalefski@ashrae.org EDITOR MANAGING EDITOR d E s i g n Susan Carabetta, Carabetta Hayden Design P u B l i s h i n g s E r v i c E s a n d c i r c u l at i o n David Soltis Jayne Jackson, Tracy Becker PUBLISHING SERVICES MANAGER PRODUCTION advErtising ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER, ASHRAE MEDIA ADVERTISING Greg Martin, gmartin@ashrae.org ADVERTISING PRODUCTION Vanessa Johnson, vjohnson@ashrae.org P u B l i s h E r W. 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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of High Performing Buildings - Spring 2013

High Performing Buildings - Spring 2013
Chandler City Hall
Twelve | West
Earth Rangers Centre
Where’s the Carbon Footprint?
McCormick Distribution Center
Advertisers Index

High Performing Buildings - Spring 2013