2013 Savings By Design Program Handbook
Savings By Design promotes the use of integrated design analysis through the Whole Building Approach for large, complex projects or for projects containing innovative energy design features. Analyzing the performance of the building as a whole improves the Design Team’s ability to optimize interactive efficiency effects of the various building systems.
The Systems Approach encourages designers to optimize the energy efficiency of the systems within a building. The Systems Approach is most appropriate for less complex projects, those whose systems are designed at different times, and for projects where consideration for energy efficiency occurs late in the design phase.
Tailored to individual projects, design assistance is available free-of-charge to building owners and their design teams:
- Recommendations for efficient equipment
- Consultation on enhanced design strategies
- Preparation of an owner’s report recommending design modifications and strategies for change.
To date, California has more zero net energy buildings (residential and commercial) than any other state in the nation. The overall goal is to establish a long-term progressive path of higher minimum codes and standards ending with ZNE codes and standards for all new buildings by 2030.