Comment on: Stand up for sustainability in school design
Good thinking from Helen Taylor.
And some architects are already doing what Helen is advocating.
Carbon buzz is a useful resource: http://www.carbonbuzz.org/
And, for instance, Passivhaus Schools deliver radically reduced "energy use in construction and operation" and help "building occupiers better understand and control their environments and their energy use". Passivhaus schools are simpler in design (it's more about design than about technology fixes or bolt-ons) and simpler in operation. Perhaps most importantly, they deliver the predicted results with little or no performance gap.
Gathering "energy data in a useable format" doesn't have to be that hard, but perhaps the seduction of new technology gets in the way sometimes!