What is required for large new commercial buildings above 100,000 square feet?

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What is required for large new commercial buildings above 100,000 square feet?

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The designed energy use in large commercial buildings is required to be at least 20% below the use expected based on the building code energy modeling standards contained in ASHRAE 90.1 2007,10 which is the latest version of the national model code for commercial buildings. This would be determined by computer modeling of the building, taking into account factors such as air sealing, insulation, and efficiency of the cooling and heating systems, ventilation, and lighting design. Builders have the flexibility to choose the set of energy efficiency features they prefer, as long as modeling shows that overall they yield the 20% reduction relative to the base ASHRAE 90.1-2007 requirements for the same building.

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