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Enhancing Performance Contracts: Integrating IAQ Solutions in Hot & Humid Climates
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IAQ and performance contracting intersect in several ways. Improper execution of energy-related building projects may have a deleterious effect on IAQ. Carefil execution may enhance IAQ. Economic benefits deriving from energy improvements may be forfeited if the improvements are abandoned due to IAQ complaints. While some IAQ requirements may conflict with energy performance goals, reexamining relationships between energy and IAQ demonstrates that there are opportunities to improve building performance with respect to both factors simultaneously. Topics addressed as these opportunities are explored include: standards, the basic roles of HVAC in IAQ, WAC-related IAQ improvements, and common energy conservation measures and IAQ. Aspects of IAQ are examined that, when incorporated into energy services companies' performance contracting work, can enhance their value. These enhancements can deliver performance benefits to building owners and operators beyond energy savings. When incorporated into performance contract offerings, these enhancements can add value to an energy service company's qualifications and proposals. This translation of IAQ insight into market advantage is a significant opportunity for energy senrice companies in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Turner, S. C. (1998). Enhancing Performance Contracts: Integrating IAQ Solutions in Hot & Humid Climates. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from