New Buildings Institute’s annual zero energy status update and zero energy buildings list.
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This 15 page paper introduces zero energy districts, reviews the structure of the Zero Energy Districts Accelerator (ZEDA), discusses the value of energy master planning, presents barriers to zero energy districts and how these are being addressed by zero energy district pioneers, and suggests pathways for wide-scale replication.
Northwestern University’s comprehensive occupant engagement program.
A look at the rise of zero energy-ready schools, and the publication guiding their future development. From the Spring 2018 issue of USGBC+.
Highlighted in the article is the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings (Zero Energy). It can be downloaded for free at: www.ashrae.org/aedg
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.
Article by Autodesk on massing and orientation as important design factors to consider for passive cooling.
Six-page case study of Newcastle Elementary School ZE 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.
This 15-page report summarizes a February 2018 workshop. The report summarizes insights the will inform smart buildings research that fully accounts for commercial building owner's goals, needs and challenges related to the deployment and use of smart building technology. The report organizes these insights around: Data Management, Data Analytics, Advanced Control Strategies, Smart Devices and Plug Loads, and Cross-Cutting Issues.
Representatives from 25 organizations attended the event, from commercial real estate, higher education, K-12 schools, retail, healthcare, hospitality, grocery, and government sectors.
This article about zero energy schools appeared in the September 2018 issue of Civil Engineering, The Magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Summary: Across the United States, primary and secondary school buildings are leading the way in the so-called zero-energy movement, in which structures are designed to generate at least as much energy as they use. They tend to be owner-occupied, are located on roomy sites with plenty of roof space for solar panels, and have predictable energy usage patterns, making them the perfect candidates.