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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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  • System Bundling > Solid Waste - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    When specifying or replacing a building component, consider bundling that component...with strategies to reduce waste. Building technologies work best when they work...Roof Submetering System Overview Integrative Design Process System Impacts Resources...O&M System Bundling Mandates / Standards Resources / Case Studies System Bundling
    https://sftool.gov › explore › green-building › section › 63 › solid-waste › system-bundling
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    Congress directed DOE to develop Federal building energy efficiency requirements for...multi-family residential buildings that require those buildings to:  Meet the ASHRAE
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-policies-strategies › 3 - ASHRAE 90.1-2013 and 10 CFR 433 - Halverson ISWG 191205.pdf
  • Health and Wellness Crosswalk - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Sustainable Federal Buildings relate to standards, guidelines, and building rating systems...Sustainable Federal Buildings relate to standards, guidelines, and building rating systems...By Guideline, Standard, or Rating System Air Quality and Control of Temperature
    https://sftool.gov › learn › crosswalk
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    ENERGY 2018 Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit 2U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY...ENERGY 2018 Energy Exchange | Better Buildings Summit High Quality Energy Exchange
    https://sftool.gov › Content › attachments › Iswg › iswg-tools › EEx -BBS Overview _ISWG_July 2018 (Baker).pdf
  • Building Selection - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    ...Building Selection For building interiors, a variety of physical building characteristics...abatement is advisable in buildings of a certain age. For buildings of all ages, understanding
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 633 › building-selection
  • 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
  • Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings GEB Blueprint Download What is a Grid-Interactive...Grid-Interactive Efficient Building (GEB)? GEB = Energy Efficiency + Demand Flexibility
    https://sftool.gov › learn › about › 638 › grid-interactive-efficient-buildings
  • Resources > Lighting - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    The lighting system has a tremendous impact on building resources, primarily...Roof 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 › 36 › lighting › resources-impact
  • 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
  • Building Operations and Maintenance Services - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

    Renovation, and Construction Building Systems Upgrades Building Operations and Maintenance...Maintenance Services Building Operations and Maintenance Services Table of Contents
    https://sftool.gov › plan › 268 › building-operations-maintenance-services
  • 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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Planning to build green - GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool

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    https://sftool.gov › plan
  • 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
  • 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

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