versions of the USGBC’s LEED® rating system include prerequisites
for minimum energy performance and for commissioning. These two
critical criteria, however, are not explicitly linked, and I believe
LEED certification may be more meaningful and effective if they were.
Many engineers tend to avoid or delegate the nitty gritty of a ground source heat pump system, from soil moisture effects to building system (im) balance. It's time for designers to get in the loop. Learn more about Grounded In Reality in the December issue. Other topics in the December issue include health care HVAC, Boilders, check out the Back2Basics, and more.