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Energy Efficient Building Design Guidelines


Quiz Questions

1.The application domain for low-energy design is not so much a case of where the technology should be installed, but where it is integrated with the other elements of the project to produce an energy-efficient building that serves both the environmental and functional needs of its users. When thinking about whole buildings, it is important to consider not only the discrete components and materials but how the various parts can best work together to achieve the desired results. That is what is meant by the phrase integrated, whole-building design.
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2. Low-energy design strategies and renewable energy concepts can be applied to almost any type of new Federal building.
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3.Basic energy-saving techniques should be used to reduce building energy use and they are- Siting and organizing the building configuration and massing to reduce loads, Reducing cooling loads by eliminating undesirable solar heat gain, Reducing heating loads by using desirable solar heat gain, Using natural light as a substitute for (or complement to) electrical lighting, Using natural ventilation whenever possible, Using more efficient heating and cooling equipment to satisfy reduced loads & using computerized building control systems.
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4. Low-energy building design techniques are application specific.
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5. The lighting needs of a building’s various spaces need to be identified, both quantitatively and qualitatively, as part of the environmental programming conducted early in the project. Many spaces, including lobbies and circulation areas, require general ambient lighting at relatively low foot-candle levels (10 foot-candles or less). Such spaces are ideal candidates for day lighting. In contrast, some spaces are used for demanding tasks that require high light levels (50 foot-candles or more) and a glare-free environment. Here the design team’s attention may shift from day lighting to a very efficient electrical lighting system with integrated occupancy sensors and other controls.
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6.The term renewable power refers to electricity generated from one or more of the following types of resources: Wind-generated from wind-powered turbines, often grouped together into wind farms, Solar-typically generated from photovoltaic (solar cell) arrays, often placed on rooftops, Geothermal-generated from steam captured from below the earth’s surface when water contacts hot, underground rock, Biomass-burning of agricultural, forestry, and other byproducts (including landfill gas, digester gas, and municipal solid waste) & Small hydroelectric-generated from dams with a peak capacity of less than 30 megawatts (MW).
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7. _________________ evinces characteristics commonly found in major urban centers, where Federal office buildings are often located. Land is often expensive and must be used at a high density.
Small Non-Residential Buildings
Urban Office Buildings
8.Courthouses typically entail highly complex and interrelated space programming. Many diverse functions must be accommodated, sites are often constricted, and the professional occupants are demanding. In addition, courthouses often serve a ceremonial function.
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9.Atrium spaces are multi floor open areas appropriate for circulation, lobbies, dining, or other shared space. Atriums are typically covered by a glazed roof or one that incorporates roof monitors.
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10.Exhaust Air Heat Recovery involves the recovery of useful heat from the air being dispelled from a building.
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