Recently, the Association of Energy Engineers National Capital Chapter (AEE/NCC) invited Dr. Paul Torcellini, the noted Group Manager for Commercial Building Research of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), to speak at the Association’s monthly meeting. In his talk, Dr. Torcellini presented an introduction to the design guides the laboratory has published for various commercial buildings. Many of these are relevant to the business of designing energy-efficient commercial HVAC systems for Altus Corporation’s clients.
The guides Dr. Torcellini laid out detail design specifications for a wide variety of commercial buildings and cover requirements for 50% and 30% energy savings. The comprehensive list of buildings includes small and large hospitals and healthcare facilities, medium to big box retail establishments, small and medium office buildings, K-12 school buildings, small warehouses and self-storage facilities, and highway lodging, among others.