Green offices & recalcitrant tenants: exploring rating tools sensitivities for multi-story office buildings

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    Pearce, Linda
    2006 Conference Papers
    Building Case Studies


ABSTRACT: Ratings tools have emerged to help classify the ‘greenness’ of a building. These ratings
tools assess the energy use or environmental impact of the building and the rating is then used to
communicate the building’s predicted environmental performance to target owners and tenants. This
paper performs a due diligence analysis on a case study green-rated multi-story commercial building in
order to explore the stability of these ratings over time or circumstance. The building system is
extended to include both building and stakeholders (builder, owner, tenant, city council) and modelled
using an energy prediction program. The building system response and the consequent change in
rating under different scenarios are evaluated. It was found that the building system is most sensitive to
changes in lighting and office equipment power density, which may result in changes in rating.
Additionally, based on projected utility bills, there is little financial incentive to reduce internal loads to
meet emission requirements to maintain ratings. From this it is concluded that ratings are occupant
dependent and ‘green’ office buildings stakeholders may need to address this by either designing in
restrictions or creating contractual obligations.


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