How to design for your client’s ISO 50001 needs?
Why wait until a building is operational before considering it’s energy efficiency? By then it’s usually too late to make any difference. Clients who use ISO 50001 are increasingly asking for designs that fit the ethos of their Energy Management Systems. So how can designers help?
One of the challenges is lack of clear direction from the end user – often they haven’t really thought of how they will monitor and manage the building, or what their sustainability objectives are. Usually the building operator or facilities management knows best, but they often miss the design process, and end up frustrated as good ideas are eliminated through “cost saving”. This does not need to be the case.
Using the principles of I.S.399 – Energy Efficient Design Management, the design process can be made much simpler. By appointing an Energy Expert to liaise with the design team, and the owner, energy gets a seat at the decision making table. It’s not about forcing designers to use renewable energy either, sometimes simple decisions made at the design stage can have a significant impact on the operational efficiency of a facility.
For instance, an energy balance study carried out during design can help to identify waste heat that could be used elsewhere – so a decision to locate an item of equipment nearer to where this resource could be used probably will not have a cost implication. All ideas are put on the table at the early stage, and then evaluated as to their viability in terms of cost and practicality. Some can be implemented immediately, while others can be fed into the client’s ISO 50001 register of opportunities for future consideration once the building is operational.
Another benefit is the ability to think ahead about how the building will be monitored, and where would it be appropriate to place meters to ensure that performance metrics are accommodated. Also, understanding the potential ramping or change of use of parts of a building or process allows designers to allow for this cost-effectively. This insight comes from working with facility managers over a decade of ISO 50001 implementation.
Dandelion can facilitate the process of Energy Efficient Design to ensure that clients have ISO 50001 Ready projects.