Who is involved?
- Owner: Usually not involved directly unless they have an in-house construction management company, but does interact with architects, contractors, vendors, and consultants to stay abreast of the project’s progress
- Architect: Construction administration, reviews submittals, work progress and site walkthroughs, RFIs, change orders, review and request for payment, etc; sometimes does mock-up model and keeps track of energy model; interacts with client, contractors, and consultants
- Engineer: Interacts with the architects and contractors, performing site walkthroughs, seminar reviews, and some commissioning
- Contractor: Performs construction as specified by drawings; has frequent interactions with architects, consultants, and engineers
- Code Official: Reviews COMcheck, construction checklist, and energy conservation provisions; interacts with contractors and construction managers
What could be improved?
Gaps: Energy code issues are neglected because they are not directly aligned with stakeholder incentives.
Opportunities:Outreach and educational material from advocacy groups can educate owners and commercial tenants on the implications of noncompliance with the energy code and encourage them to demand compliance from the building industry professionals that they work with.
Owners are understandably focused on the financial factors in a modification project, factors that are often dictated by the demands of their tenants. In order to meet the demands of their clients, design professionals are also motivated to place a good deal of emphasis on the issues that have direct implications on the cost of a project. If energy efficiency is not a client’s primary concern when performing a modification, this can lead a lack of focus on energy code issues. Gaps in existing building energy code enforcement can perpetuate negligence of code requirements because of the perceived lack of consequences for noncompliance.