New Buildings Institute’s annual zero energy status update and zero energy buildings list.
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Website with information on what is anticipated to be the first
zero energy renovation of an existing building in the District
of Columbia. This building is one of the first in the United States to use sewer heat recovery (an energy technology that is more common in Europe.)
NREL experienced a significant increase in employees and facilities on our 327-acre main campus in Golden, Colorado over the past five years. To support this growth, researchers developed and demonstrated a new building acquisition method that successfully integrates energy efficiency requirements into the design-build requests for proposals and contracts. We piloted this energy performance based design-build process with our first new construction project in 2008. We have since replicated and evolved the process for large office buildings, a smart grid research laboratory, a supercomputer, a parking structure, and a cafeteria. Each project incorporated aggressive efficiency strategies using contractual energy use requirements in the design-build contracts, all on typical construction budgets. We have found that when energy efficiency is a core project requirement as defined at the beginning of a project, innovative design-build teams can integrate the most cost effective and high performance efficiency strategies on typical construction budgets. When the design-build contract includes measurable energy requirements and is set up to incentivize design-build teams to focus on achieving high performance in actual operations, owners can now expect their facilities to perform. As NREL completed the new construction in 2013, we have documented our best practices in training materials and a how-to guide so that other owners and owner’s representatives can replicate our successes and learn from our experiences in attaining market viable, world-class energy performance in the built environment.
Article in the Whole Building Design Guide about the uses and features of metal roofs that meet "cool roof" standards.
Presentation slides from Design Team Commitment: An Architect's Perspective presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.
Information on commissioning the entire building envelope, from design through construction.
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.
Webinar from March 18, 2010, on how to achieve net-zero energy performance through a performance-based design/build process.
Re-tune the building based on specific findings. Building re-tuning maxims, assumptions, and conclusions.
Part 10 of a 10 part Building Re-tuning training material.
Entire program is at http://buildingretuning.pnnl.gov/training.stm