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Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings
November 24, 2009

Improving energy use all comes down to green — the green of energy efficiency and resource sustainability as well as the green of money. Building owners and managers of existing buildings need to understand the economic benefits of improving systems and operations. A new publication from leading industry organizations provides guidance for the business case to achieve energy savings as much as 30 percent.

Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers provides the rationale for making economic decisions related to improving and sustaining energy efficiency in existing buildings. Approximately 86 percent of U.S. annual building construction expenditures relate to renovation of existing buildings vs. new construction.

The book is the first of three planned guides on energy efficiency. The second will be aimed at providing technical guidance in undertaking existing building renovation programs. The third will provide operation and maintenance guidance to help sustain the energy efficiency.

The book is a collaboration between The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Green Building Council.

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