News Analysis

Can ISO 50001 Bridge the Gap Between Green Design and Energy Savings?

The impending release of the ISO 50001 energy management standard from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has kept financial experts, global energy and carbon trackers, and executives at major corporations on pins and needles for weeks. Aimed at reining in energy use in commercial buildings and across the manufacturing sector—including the energy-intensive steel, concrete, and aluminum industries—the standard could influence up to 60% of worldwide energy demand. In the green building community, this standard could help building owners achieve desired energy targets and may aid both designers and manufacturers in meeting 2030 carbon-reduction goals.

Published June 16, 2011