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Score for Energy Modeling on Interiors Jobs!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Whole SPACE hourly energy modeling for interior fitout jobs under the LEED v4 program should garner more interest from the design community.  There have been significant changes in the Energy & Atmosphere criteria for energy performance in LEED for Commercial Interiors v4 (LEED CI v4) projects that result in a new opportunity for increasing LEED points for improved space efficiency.

  • LEED CI v2009 offered either (5) OR (10) EA points should a project demonstrate an improved HVAC efficiency relative to ASHRAE 90.1-2007 through space energy modeling of 15% or 30%, respectively.
  • LEED v4 offers a wider range of (4) TO (25) EA points relative to an increased performance of HVAC, Lighting, Controls and all things relative to the performance of a fitout aligned with a demonstrated improvement above ASHRAE 90.1-2010 between 4% to 28%!  If a project achieved all the prescriptive requirements following that path the maximum points available would only be (16).


  • Aging building / enclosure, Aging HVAC?
  • Aging building / enclosure, New HVAC?
  • New building / enclosure, New HVAC?
  • Difficulty for credit achievement to increase sustainable performance
  • Capitalize and incentivize energy efficient interior design

All LEED v4 project teams should strongly consider utilizing energy modeling to capitalize on aggressively improving designs and energy codes with higher efficiecy equipment, controls, daylighting, lower interior lighting power densities, etc. as a highly cost effective method of maximizing LEED CI v4 Energy and Atmosphere Credit Points!

Cutting Edge Sustainability, NetZeroEnergy Office

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

SBP was excited to participate in the presentation and site tour of DPR Construction’s new Net Zero Energy Office under development in Reston, Virginia.

Cutting Edge Sustainability, Meets 21st Century Workplace in DPR’s Upcoming Reston Office

Discussing the future of high performance office design including the strategies and approach to getting there… Taking a hard look at how DPR’s vision for their new space can be used as platform for future net zero energy office space.  Open dialogue under the backdrop of an active construction site including presentations from project team members and ownership.  Replicable, Scalable, and using this project as an opportunity to showcase technologies. Reviewing different aspects of LEED v4, WELL, Living Building Challenge

Pictures from the event here >>>

Where:  11109 Sunset Hills Road, Reston, VA
More Info:  http://www.usgbc.org/event/greenlearn-construction-tour-dprs-net-zero-office-space?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0dFeFpqUTBaV0V3TVdVNCIsInQiOiJkOFo3T1J4Y09CTlcweG9BWWlQU0sxelhLbjRvVzlmXC9nZCtCMkVNNHJKRXY3bENyeXk3U1Aza3AwUmdycGxPSFFPZ2crZ1hyR0FJQkprMkllUjJVc3RtTHd

SBP Proud Partner with 2016 Summer Games

Monday, May 16, 2016

We are proud to continue for the fourth consecutive year as silver partner and supporter of the Special Olympics District of Columbia.  The 2016 Annual Summer Games are taking place at The Catholic University of America from May 16 thru 26th.

When:  Monday, May 16, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where:  Catholic University and H.D. Woodson Sr. High

D.C. Leads the Nation

Friday, March 25, 2016

For the 2nd year in a row Washington D.C. leads the nation’s great cities in ENERGY STAR Certified buildings at 686, 154,000,000 sf, and an estimated annual energy cost savings of $179,000,000.  In fact since 2010 Washington D.C. has been either 2nd or 1st in terms of activity.  Congrats to all those who have helped make this vision a reality in our backyard

More Info:  https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/topcities

Energy Performance Thresholds Raised!

Monday, March 7, 2016

The people have spoken!!

Effective April 7, 2016 any project registered under the LEED v2009 Certification program after 11:59pm will be subject to the higher minimum energy performance thresholds.  This move is likely (in part) to keep pace with rapid adoption of more aggressive energy efficiency codes at the jurisdiction level as well as the delays in launching LEED v4 till later this fall.  Basically the USGBC/GBCI is raising the minimum energy performance requirements for Energy & Atmosphere Prerequisite 2 across all programs.  For example, the new minimum energy performance for LEED-NC projects requires an 18% improvement above and beyond ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Appendix G.More detail on this adopted change here >>

When:  Thursday, April 7, 2016, 9:00 AM – 11:59 PM
More Info:  http://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-membership-approves-leed-2009-energy-update