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Whole Building Systems Thinking

Unlike conventional design processes, where components and disciplines are treated separately, sustainable design requires an evaluation of whole systems. When retrofitting an office, consider the space as a whole. This means thinking not only about the lighting, the flooring, the windows, the HVAC system, and the furniture as separate components, but also thinking about the relationship between each of these components and the ways that those relationships create the space, and how that fits with sustainability goals.

Check out the Whole Building Systems section in Explore for information on building systems, their relationship to one another, and the integrated design team necessary to reach sustainability goals.

For example, if a project’s goal is to save energy from lighting and improve occupant comfort, it should think not only about the type of lighting fixtures needed, but also how the space will be used by the occupants, the amount of sunlight streaming through the windows at different times of year, how that light gets bounced into the space, how the light levels are controlled, and even the colors of the walls. By thinking holistically about the lighting system, rather than simply about the lighting components, a more comfortable, efficient, healthy and productive space can be created. In addition, the project “system” is nested within larger systems, such as a watershed, an air shed, a forest, a neighborhood and city, and so forth; these larger systems should also be considered. 

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  • PowerPoint Presentation

    ...that leverages Learning Management Systems to facilitate learning experiences...partnership with National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Access FEMP e-Training
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › Beverly Dyer- FEMP Training_ISWG Presentation Jan2013.pdf
  • PowerPoint Presentation

    ...2020 establishes a Federal Smart Buildings Program EA 2020 authorizes FEMP...directs federal agencies to have a whole of government approach to combat climate
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-policies-strategies › Summary Impacts of EA 2020.pdf
  • Slide 1

    ...efficiency and renewables.  Our whole-systems expertise unlocks market-based...performing buildings. Vehicles Planes & Trains New Buildings Existing Buildings Industry
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › 11 CaraCarmichael Victor Olgyay - RMI Deep Energy Retrofits.pdf
  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Appendix B of WaterSense at Work Building Water Survey, List of Water Meters...equipment Outdoor water use Mechanical systems Laboratory and medical equipment Onsite
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › WaterSense Update 5-17-18 final.pdf
  • Green Globes Basic Presentation

    Construction & Existing Buildings ©2014 Green Building Initiative. All Right Reserved...Reserved.  Green Building Initiative (GBI) Overview  Guiding Principles Compliance
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › 14 Erin Shaffer - Principles for New and Renovation Construction.pdf
  • Resources / Case Studies > Water - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Roof Submetering System Overview Integrative Design Process System Impacts Resources...Resources Human Behavior Financial O&M System Bundling Mandates / Standards Resources
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 23 › water › resources-and-case-studies
  • Resources / Case Studies > HVAC - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Roof Submetering System Overview Integrative Design Process System Impacts Resources...Resources Human Behavior Financial O&M System Bundling Mandates / Standards Resources
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 14 › hvac › resources-and-case-studies
  • Resources > Planted Roof - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Planted roof systems have a significant impact on the building's overall energy...roof project in order to optimize building performance....Waste Submetering System Overview Integrative Design Process System Impacts Resources...O&M System Bundling Mandates / Standards Resources / Case Studies System Impacts
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 82 › planted-roof › resources-impact
  • Slide 1

    Slide 1 Building & Grid Integration: A New Frontier for Federal Buildings Ken Sandler...Understanding Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings (GEBs) GSA Advisory Committee Findings
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-policies-strategies › 4 - Sandler-Hydras GEB talk for ISWG 12-5-19 v5.pdf
  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Standard 211 Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits EO13693: Section 3(a)(i)(A)...and management by … using remote building energy performance assessment auditing
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › ISWG Audit Presentation BGustafson 1_21_2016_final.pdf
  • PowerPoint Presentation

    Analysis *Includes the co-hosted Better Buildings Summit 4U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY...Implementation Optimizing Building Management & Maintenance 5. Building Optimization Essentials
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › 2 - EEx19 Overview ISWG - 12.05.19.pdf
  • Resources / Case Studies > IEQ - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Roof Submetering System Overview Integrative Design Process System Impacts Resources...Resources Human Behavior Financial O&M System Bundling Mandates / Standards Resources
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 35 › ieq › resources-and-case-studies
  • GSA GEB Case Study Report Mar 2021.pdf

    Grid-Interactive Efficient Building Case Studies In the Federal Portfolio March...March 2021 Grid-Interactive Efficient Building Case Studies in the Federal Portfolio
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › GSA GEB Case Study Report Mar 2021.pdf
  • GpcProductsXlsx

    Services Schedule 65 II A SIN A-14D Building Finishes Acoustical Ceiling Tiles...332510S Hardware & Tools 332510C Building Finishes Carpet CPG* BioPreferred
    https://sftool.gov › GpcDownload › GpcProductsXlsx
  • Indoor Water Conservation

    ...of federAl hiGh-performAnce Green buildinGS | tAke the wAter quiz | mAin menu...water consumption in a typical office building. Executive Order 13514 sets goals
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › Indoor Water Conservation.pdf
  • recommendations_on_sustainable_landscaping_practices.pdf

    ...2009 focuses on the area beyond the building footprint and any built landscape...million acres of land 2 and 429,000 building assets, comprising 3.34 billion square
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › recommendations_on_sustainable_landscaping_practices.pdf
  • Interim Report on Evaluation of GSA Total Estimated Cost Impact (TECI) Metrics Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics Carnegie Mellon University May 31, 2019

    Impact (TECI) Metrics Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics Carnegie...Estimated Cost Impact (TECI) Metrics and Building Benchmarking ISWG Presentation October
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-case-studies › GSA CMU TECI ISWG October 2020.pdf
  • water_implementing_instructions.pdf

    ...the water delivery and containment systems that provide this water. ï‚· Agencies...reject water from water purification systems, water reclaimed on site, or water
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › water_implementing_instructions.pdf
  • Post Consumer Fiber Paper - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...recycled content as it is to recycle. Whole Building Design Guide | Evaluating and Selecting...engineers, contractors, building owners and building consultants report that
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 201 › post-consumer-fiber-paper
  • Green Procurement - Federal Requirements - Non-Mechanical Heat Transfer Systems - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...category Non-Mechanical Heat Transfer Systems Product Details Details Legal Requirements...Optimization System for Chiller Plants Control Optimization System for Chiller
    https://sftool.gov › greenprocurement › green-products › 24 › hvacmechanical › 126 › non-mechanical-heat-transfer-systems › 0

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