Energy performance

is the process of using computer software to simulate the performance of a building or system in terms of energy consumption. The simulation is based on inputs such as the building’s design, construction materials, and equipment. Energy models can be used for a variety of purposes such as predicting energy consumption, evaluating the energy efficiency of different design options, and identifying potential energy savings.

is the process of evaluating the potential for a specific site or region to generate electricity from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass. Feasibility studies typically include a range of technical, economic, and environmental assessments to determine the potential for a given renewable energy project to be viable.

is a systematic examination of the energy consumption of a building or system, with the goal of identifying opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The audit typically includes a detailed analysis of energy use, as well as a review of the building’s design, construction, and equipment. The purpose of an energy audit is to identify areas where energy is being wasted, and to recommend specific measures that can be taken to reduce energy consumption and costs.

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is a non-destructive testing method using infrared imaging to detect thermal issues in structures by taking temperature measurements and analyzing the data to identify temperature anomalies.

 are documents that provide information on the energy efficiency of a building. They are issued by accredited energy assessors and are typically required when a building is constructed, sold or rented. EPCs include an assessment of the building’s energy consumption and carbon emissions and provide recommendations for energy-saving improvements.

is an essential step in the project delivery process. Green building design acknowledges the significance of commissioning in ensuring that buildings perform as intended. Commissioning poses the greatest risk in terms of achieving energy performance goals, but if done correctly, it also offers the highest potential return on investment in terms of good energy performance during the building’s operation.