LHB Buildings Perform to the 2030 Challenge:
LHB’s Energy Performance Metrics measure actual energy consumption of completed projects. They parallel the 2030 Challenge, developed by Edward Mazria, AIA, an international expert on the relationship between architecture and global warming. The 2030 Challenge calls upon architects and engineers to design buildings today that are 50 percent more energy efficient than average buildings of their type in their region, and to move toward 100 percent efficiency by 2030.
The fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings shall be:
Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate). These targets may be accomplished by purchasing (20% max.) renewable energy and/ or certified renewable energy credits.
LHB is the first firm in Minnesota to research and determine regional benchmarks for 14 different building types . LHB consulted with state and national experts to ensure solid data and research methodology.
LHB Performance Metrics™ : Energy Use Intensity (EUI)
LHB’s energy use intensity (EUI) metric is measured in kilo (1,000) British thermal units per square foot per year (kbtu/sf/year). The lower a building’s EUI, the better. Bar graphs compare projected and actual EUI of LHB designed buildings to that of an average building of the same type in the region (a target established by The 2030 Challenge).