A recast of a presentation done for the Fairfax Chapter of Association of Energy Engineers in November of 2013. Presentation focuses on the the Advanced Energy Design Guides published by ASHRAE with association of AIA, USGBC, and IES with funding and technical support from DOE, NREL, and PNNL. In addition, the DOE Advanced Retrofit Guides are also discussed. Both sets of guides are available for download from this resource database.
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This guide covers each major step in procuring a solar photovoltaic (PV) system:
- Conducting technical and financial studies
- Financing a PV system
- Project execution
- Operations and maintenance
- Assessing benefits
The guide provides information on the basic steps, key considerations, and where to go for more information. It is intended to provide an overview and some level of detail, with pointers to highly detailed information and resources.
A solar ready building is engineered and designed for solar installation, even if the solar installation does not happen at the time of construction. The solar ready design features, if considered early in the design process, are typically low or no cost. Attention to building orientation, available roof space, roof type, and other features is key to designing solar ready buildings.
Brief introduction to zero energy buildings (2 minute video).
This 17-page guide from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Johnson Controls recommends 8 steps to achieve net zero energy in existing buildings. Four case studies are used to illustrate the concepts.
Article in the Whole Building Design Guide about the uses and features of metal roofs that meet "cool roof" standards.
New Buildings Institute’s annual zero energy status update and zero energy buildings list.
An NREL/DOE website with case studies, videos, and other zero energy building resources
Six-page case study of the Santiago High School Science Building and the Ralston Intermediate Building K: Multipurpose Room and Kitchen retrofits. These projects are classified by NBI as “ZE emerging”—they have a stated ZE goal, but their performance has not yet been verified with 12 months of energy use and generation data.
Four-page case study of the Los Osos Middle School zero energy retrofit, which is classified by NBI as “ZE emerging”—it has a stated
ZE goal, but its performance has not yet been verified with 12 months of energy use and generation data.