Design Guidelines

These detailed guidelines provide an wide-ranging survey of technical best practices for architectural, engineering, and other building design professionals.


  • Design Guidelines: Automated Demand Response
    June 9, 2014
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    Automated demand response (ADR) uses technology to send signals directly to energy management control systems (EMCSs) or other devices, allowing buildings to shed loads automatically. ADR provides more reliable load reductions than traditional methods of Demand Response (DR) because it does not rely on human intervention.

    As awareness of ADR's economic and environmental benefits has grown, stakeholders have come together to enact legal and voluntary standards and incentive programs to bring more electrical load under automatic control.

    This document presents a concise set of practical guidelines to help design professionals, project owners, and other stakeholders to identify and incorporate ADR into new construction and major renovation projects in the commercial sector.

    Major topics include: current ADR-related legal requirements under California’s 2013 Title 24 building energy efficiency codes, estimating a project’s potential ADR load shed, specifying equipment for ADR, and

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  • Design Guidelines: Skylighting Guidelines
    February 23, 2014
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    The Skylighting Guidelines, 2nd edition, were prepared to help designers optimize the use of skylights in commercial and industrial buildings. Many of the lighting principles covered here are also applicable to residential buildings. They describe opportunities for high quality lighting design and explain how to integrate skylights with the design of other building elements. They show how to estimate the potential energy savings and cost savings. Finally, they help designers avoid mistakes that could reduce the value of a skylight design.

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  • Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidebook, Volume I
    July 8, 2012
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    The HVAC Simulation Guidebook Volume I (2nd Edition) has been updated to cite new research and reflect recent changes in the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 2008). It contains three chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to simulate the following advanced HVAC technologies:

    • Underfloor Air Distribution
    • Energy Efficient Chillers
    • Advanced Control Sequences
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  • Design Guidelines: Advanced Variable Air Volume (VAV) Systems
    May 12, 2010
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    The Advanced Variable Air Volume (VAV) System Design Guide (Design Guide) is written for Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) designers and focuses on built-up VAV systems in multi-story commercial office buildings in California.

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  • Design Guidelines: Advanced Simulation Guidebook, Volume II
    February 23, 2010
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    This second volume of the Advanced Simulation Guidebook series is intended to teach readers about the high performance building process for commercial new construction. The goal of the high performance building process is to create buildings that meet owner and occupant needs in terms of energy efficiency, thermal comfort, and other sustainability areas-and do so in a way that reduces the necessary design effort and construction cost impact.

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  • Design Guidelines: CoolTools Chilled Water Plant
    December 28, 2009
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    Many large buildings, campuses, and other facilities have plants that make chilled water and distribute it to air handling units and other cooling equipment. The design operation and maintenance of these chilled water plants has a very large impact on building energy use and energy operating cost.

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  • Design Guidelines: EDR Multifamily Design Guide for Energy Efficiency
    November 19, 2009
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    The Multifamily Design Guide For Energy Efficiency provides a summary of resources, methods, and tools to assist the design community in building more energy efficient multifamily buildings, which are increasingly popular in California.

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  • Design Guidelines: Commissioning Guidelines
    March 19, 2007
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    Building commissioning can ensure that a new building begins its life cycle at optimal productivity, and improves the likelihood that the building will maintain this level of performance.

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  • Design Guidelines: Daylighting Guidelines
    February 19, 2007
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    In a world newly concerned about carbon emissions, global warming, and sustainable design, the planned use of natural light in non-residential buildings has become an important strategy to improve energy efficiency by minimizing lighting, heating, and cooling loads. The introduction of innovative, advanced daylighting strategies and systems can considerably reduce a building's electricity consumption and also significantly improve the quality of light in an indoor environment.

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