Plug and process loads in commercial buildings account for 5% of U.S. primary energy consumption. Minimizing these loads is a primary challenge in the design and operation of an energy-efficient building.
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The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)–under contract from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, the US Air Force, the General Services Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency—has developed this comprehensive federal guide for exterior envelope design and construction for institutional/office buildings.
This case study details the successful achievement of zero energy and Living Building Challenge certification.
This case study details the successful achievement of Passive House performance and zero energy at the Friends School of Portland.
This case study describes a successful zero energy school project in Utah.
How to determine the amount of continuous insulation required by codes, while still retarding water vapor according to climate zone locations
Article in the Whole Building Design Guide about the uses and features of metal roofs that meet "cool roof" standards.
"While ASHRAE 90.1 has been pushing continuous insulation (CI) for the past decade, the building codes are catching on. And now that the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) has mandated all states to adopt a commercial building energy code that meets or exceeds ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010, CI specifications are really being cast into the spotlight."
Information on commissioning the entire building envelope, from design through construction.