The Case of the Missing Energy Model

Building performance is increasing in priority, and the tools to predict it are becoming more accessible. So why isn't energy modeling used in every project?

Carefully sited on an expansive parcel of land along the Chesapeake Bay, the Brock Environmental Center experiences the good and the bad of Virginia Beach, Va., weather—mild temperatures year-round, but clingy, perpetually high humidity. Yet the insulating value of the metal roof system topping the 10,000-square-foot structure is more akin to that of a building in the Northeast: R-50.

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