Sustainable Development in Building Management:Solutions

Posted by: Admin | Posted on: January 29th, 2013

Buildings speak the language of good design and architecture. The underlying statement, however, lies in sustainability which points to an essential criteria that a building system should be least prone to environmental impact.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT — For sustainability, each and every phase of design and construction should be considered minutely by architects, engineers, interior designers and specialists in this field. Quality assurance remains the keyword.

Also, the projects have to be implemented with proper certification, for instance, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED Process too verifies whether the targeted energy efficiency or optimal performance goals have been achieved or not.

Innovation, increase in operational efficiency and use of state of art technical services should be focussed upon to keep environmental impact at its minimum.

QUALITY ASSURANCE — ‘Commissioning’ is a quality assurance process. It is developed to ascertain that design, installation and operation of building systems is done as per certification requirements and performance level goals. This is because it is imperative for building systems to adhere to comfort, improved performance, indoor air quality and energy efficiency. These systems are so complex that in reality this is seldom true.

The truth is that the factor of climate change has to be dealt within the building environment, throughout the lifecycle of the buildings.

SOLUTION — A multidisciplinary approach is required to minimize environmental impact:

  • Bio climatic analysis should be done during design phase. It involves analysing climatic influences on the building.
  • Sustainability of the building rests on Energy Modeling and Analysis.
  • Tracking and reducing emissions connected with operating a building i.e. Carbon Foot printing analysis.
  • Using computer modeling, motion and dynamics of air flow can be learnt. This can assist in developing natural and displacement ventilation. So, Computational Fluid Dynamics is a viable solution.
  • It should be found out as to what sort of impact do building orientation and form, fenestration, placement and design have on natural lighting and overall illumination. Such an analysis of Daylight Modeling will bring to fore issues like size, location and orientation of space’s glazed openings, basic properties of these glazing materials and also the performance of shading and overhangs.
  • Energy auditing should be done i.e. a thorough examination of a building’s energy using systems should be done and their financial feasibility to the project should be determined. This may include  installation costs, anticipated energy savings etc.

CONCLUSION — Sustainability in building management is a must considering the investment that the owners have incurred in these systems. Retro-commissioning can also improve overall functionality and energy performance. Successful business lies in the art of aligning quality, efficiency and meeting owner’s expectations.

Good organisations, like good building systems,   adhere to proficiency and sustainability even in perpetually changing environments.