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HVACR Trends in Green Building with GreenStar and LEED

HVACR Trends in Green Building with GreenStar and LEEDS - Architects working on drawings - Parker HannifinConventional buildings, and the construction process that creates them have a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of people and the planet. They’re costly to maintain and operate, generate waste that can have a significant impact on local environments and nature, and use global resources to construct and operate. In fact, it has been estimated that the daily operation of buildings accounts for 40% of total energy usage worldwide. Now, enter the world of green building.

 

Commercial green building is on the rise--and keeps growing

Green building is the practice of designing, constructing and operating buildings to maximize occupant health and productivity, use fewer resources, reduce waste and negative environmental impacts, and decrease life cycle costs. 

How big is the movement? It’s big. Building owners expect to build more than 60 percent of their projects as green buildings by 2021. Decreased operating costs, short payback periods and asset value increases were strong drivers of green building, but creating healthier indoor environments was also a major motivator.

In addition, a rating system such as LEED allows builders to create a better-performing building. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. It’s a system that’s now broadening its focus on construction to include maintenance and the long-term sustainment of energy efficiency.

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The key to meeting greenhouse gas targets

Lowering a building’s initial energy consumption is critical to meeting greenhouse gas targets. On the maintenance side, energy savings alone from properly maintained building systems could be 2 to 5 percent or more. From a greenhouse gas standpoint, consumption is 95 percent of the impact of an air conditioning/heating operation. Properly maintained systems perform much better. Refrigerant leakage is prevented but also prevents consumption.

With LEED recertification programs now focused on upkeep, HVAC and refrigeration system maintenance professionals have an opportunity to play a bigger role with facilities managers and/ or building owners. One way to take advantage of that opportunity is by becoming a GreenSTAR.

The Mechanical Service Contractors of America, or MSCA, created the GreenSTAR program in response to the demand for LEED certification in commercial buildings. Taking a “whole building” approach like LEED, GreenSTAR contractors view buildings as an ecosystem – people, air, water, equipment, and systems all operating together to maximize environmental quality and return on investment while minimizing resource use.

 

Proactive vs. reactive approach to GreenSTAR certification

HVACR Trends in Green Building with GreenStar and LEEDS - MSCA GreenStar logo - Parker HannifinGetting GreenSTAR certified is a tangible way for HVAC industry professionals to demonstrate to clients their credibility and expertise in environmental stewardship.

 

 

GreenSTAR Certification: 

  • Provides an opportunity to stand out from the competition and be an industry leader. 

  • Illustrates commitment to ongoing green building training and education. 

  • Demonstrates proven LEED experience. 

  • Highlights an understanding of equipment upgrade and energy efficiency issues.

Clients working with GreenSTAR companies benefit from reduced energy costs, improved air quality and water efficiency, greater employee productivity and satisfaction, and assurance that all federal and local environmental regulations are met.

 

Green building is penetrating the residential world, and fast!

One major green home change that will impact contractors is the new standard for furnace fan efficiency ratings, effective in July of this year. For residential furnaces, that means an industry-wide transition from PSC (permanent split capacitor) motors to more efficient EC (electrically commutated) motors. The U.S. Department of Energy believes the new standard will save Americans more than $9 billion in home electricity bills through 2030. 

 

Business opportunities abound for the HVACR industry 

Clearly, green building – both residentially and commercially – holds sustainability options and numerous opportunities for both HVACR contractors and distributors.

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Article contributed by the Parker Global Team. 

 

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