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What’s Your Building EQ? Pilot Program Buildings About to Find Out!

by Mel Starrs on July 8, 2010

in Green Building Rating

Interesting that in the US the tendency is to pilot first, and come up with the ‘real’ scheme later.

Under the pilot program, which launched in December 2009, new buildings are eligible to receive an As Designed, or asset, rating, which provides an assessment of the building based on the components specified in the design and is based on the results of building energy modeling and simulation. An In Operation rating is available once the building has at least one year of data on the actual energy use and is based on a combination of the structure of the building and how it is operated. Existing buildings would be eligible to receive both an As Designed and In Operation rating.

What’s Your Building EQ? Pilot Program Buildings About to Find Out!

We have a tendency in the UK to scope the scheme and then dive in. When it doesn’t work out , we perhaps try to fit square pegs into round holes, rather than admit the original idea was misplaced (am I being too harsh here?). Then again, piloting loses time which we know is short. I first spotted BEQ back in July 2009 and they’re still only developing. Hmmm. Still, interesting to compare the cultural differences.

Anyway, the BEQ is roughly analogous to EPC and DEC in the UK.