Enabling the future with energy-efficient buildings
Improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 in buildings
The shift towards energy efficiency
Inefficient building techniques are one of the top reasons for high energy use worldwide, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of global energy usage. The rise of social environmentalism due to the challenges of rising carbon dioxide emissions and energy waste has led to a growth in demand for environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient buildings.
Globally, construction companies are becoming more aware of the business opportunities in energy-efficient building. Research has shown that every 1 USD invested in energy efficiency results in savings of over 2 USD in energy supply costs. This is further augmented by the fact that custom energy efficient buildings typically use 30 per cent less energy than conventional buildings. Developing countries currently dominate as key builders and manufacturers of energy efficient buildings, largely due to the ongoing nature of development in these areas. Developed countries build less new infrastructure but the number of retrofit projects has been increased in order to mitigate the energy cost of older buildings.
Energy-efficient building requirements
Building for energy efficiency requires intensive investigation, planning and monitoring, especially in situations where a structure is being built or retrofitted with the objective of achieving certification.
In the case of new buildings, reducing energy requirements and operating costs is an increasingly complex task that calls for not just engineering skills but a broader understanding of building design. While the costs and benefits of implementing energy efficiency features can vary depending on climate and location, the adoption of newer building energy codes is shown to yield significant long-term benefits on the whole.
When retrofitting existing buildings, there is no single solution for every project. Each unique building structure must be assessed together with its systems and components in order to gauge the best method for incorporating energy-efficient components.
The individual requirements of building projects also depend on the nature of the project – whether industrial, commercial or residential. Energy efficient building techniques require specific expertise capable of providing a multi-disciplinary approach to address all aspects of a building, including its passive design features, efficient systems and low/zero carbon technologies.
TÜV SÜD's approach to energy efficiency
For situations such as these, where specialised technical expertise is necessary, TÜV SÜD is well-equipped to help project owners navigate the challenging planning, design, management and implementation stages of a construction project.
Our approach to energy efficiency is specified in the white paper "Winning the energy efficiency race". Click on the button below to download the white paper and find out more.