Issued by a consortium of energy-efficiency advocates, two new reports recommend ways to overcome hurdles to achieving net-zero emissions in commercial buildings. Barriers include cost and a reliance on prescriptive, instead of performance-based, energy codes. The reports, commissioned by the Dept. of Energy, represent input from more than 430 groups, including the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of State Energy Officials.
The growing need to collect, store and analyze the huge volumes of data collected from infrastructure project stakeholders is generating a new growth area for construction-sector firms, IT vendors and professionals.