NREL's sustainability vision is to build a laboratory of the future that is committed to sustainability, which is built on a framework of economic viability, environmental health, and public responsibility over the long term through appropriate investment decisions and operating practices.This report shows NREL’s progress in making sustainability an integral part of its corporate culture and providing a global sustainability model
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Segmentation, identifying homogenous sub-populations within larger heterogeneous populations, has emerged as an important marketing tool over the past half-century. The technique is a response to the need to effectively communicate with an increasingly diverse population.
"This article discusses how the cost premium of closed-loop (ground-coupled) heat pumps can be minimized--and energy use reduced, reliability improved, and comfort enhanced, compared with more complex, controls-intensive systems--by simplifying in-ground piping and above-ground HVAC systems."
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory developed performance based procurement as a technique to integrate energy goals into the design and construction process of a typical office building on its campus. This document is the Request for Proposals (RFP) for this office building named the Research Support Facility (RSF). At the end of the project, the building was designed and constructed as a zero energy building within a fixed budget typical of office buildings built at this time.
"The focus of [the energy use] section of the State of Montana report is to emphasize immediate and near term energy conservation and reduction opportunities that can be carried out on a building-by-building basis; furthermore, to recommend the use of actual energy consumption data to track the results of energy reduction efforts and identify buildings or campuses in need of a more detailed energy audit – aimed to identify causes of excessive energy use that are not readily discovered or observable to the naked eye."
This paper describes the development of energy efficiency recommendations for achieving 30% whole-building energy savings in K-12 schools over levels achieved by following the ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (over both the 1999 and 2004 versions of the standard).
This report uses EnergyPlus simulations of each building in the 2003 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) to document methods of modeling the entire U.S. commercial buildings sector (EIA 2006).
The Engineer Research and Development Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are developing target energy budgets and design guides with a prescriptive path to achieve 30% energy savings over a baseline built to the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. This project covers eight building types in 15 U.S. climate zones.
The Engineer Research and Development Center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed target energy budgets and design guides with a prescriptive path to achieve 30% energy savings over a baseline built to the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. This project covers eight building types in 15 U.S. climate zones.
This brochure describes Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory technical assistance in Greensburg, Kansas after the devastation of a tornado.