Budgets, codes, and technologies are constantly shifting and evolving. These days, even the classrooms are often portable. Staying one step ahead will depend on your knowledge of current design options and how to integrate them into the space.
Increasing the energy efficiency and reducing the energy consumption of existing buildings can have four times the environmental impact as compared to the installation of renewable energy, according to ASHRAE.
Changes to the purpose and scope that reflect advances in green buildings over the last 10 years are being proposed for ASHRAE/IES/USGBC/ICC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings.