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Introduction

The overview section of this website provides a top-level description of Targeting 100! In explore, users can see more details that lead to high level conclusions, including city-specific data for climate, loads, energy, and cost. Localize enables users to select a city, architectural scheme, and energy option to customize their exploration of the web-tool. Precedents includes a deep energy evaluation of a Pacific Northwest hospital that guided this research as well as early adopters of some the energy savings strategies recommended in Targeting 100! Much more detailed information can be downloaded through the library including an executive summary, basis of design, and detailed energy modeling and cost modeling reports.

This web-tool follows the logic of the research team’s analysis. First, an examination of climate helps us to understand regional variation in weather and potential implications for design and energy use. These regions also serve as a basis for determining first cost of construction. Creating a solid framework for energy and cost models allowed us to quantitatively compare the climate regions to one-another. In design strategies, the architectural and mechanical basis of design are described. An integrated approach starts first with load reduction so that the systems and strategies that are applied to the reduced load profile are smaller, more flexible, and more efficient. Annual energy use patterns show major energy end-uses and annual utility costs. Using the basis of design developed for energy modeling, cost models were developed to evaluate first cost of construction implications, and ultimately return on investment from energy saving measures.

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