The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is devising a new design-build project delivery model for fast-tracked, net-zero energy building. The process is progressive, performance-based design-build.
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Low energy or high-performance buildings form a vital component in the sustainable future of building design and construction. Rigorous integrated daylighting design and simulation will be critical to their success as energy efficiency becomes a requirement, because electric lighting usually represents a large fraction of the energy consumed. We present the process and tools used to design the lighting systems in the newest building at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Research Support Facility (RSF). Daylighting had to be integrated with the electric lighting, as low energy use (50% below ASHRAE 90.1-2004) and the LEED daylight credit were contractually required, with a reach goal of being a net-zero energy building (NZEB). The oft-ignored disconnect between lighting simulation and whole-building energy use simulation had to be addressed, as ultimately all simulation efforts had to translate to energy use intensity predictions, design responses, and preconstruction substantiation of the design. We present preliminary data from the postoccupancy monitoring efforts with an eye toward the current efficacy of energy and lighting simulation methodologies.
Low Energy Buildings: Management, Operations, and Maintenance presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012
Presentation slides from Low Energy Buildings: Management, Operations, and Maintenance presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.
This paper reviews the novel procurement, acquisition, and contract process of a large-scale replicable net zero energy (ZEB) office building. The owners (who are also commercial building energy efficiency researchers) developed and implemented an energy performance based design-build process to procure an office building with contractual requirements to meet demand side energy and LEED goals. The key procurement steps needed to ensure achievement of the energy efficiency and ZEB goals using a replicable delivery process are outlined.
Presentation slides from Reducing Plug and Process Loads for a Large Scale, Low Energy Office Building: NREL's Research Support Facility presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.
This presentation describes how the designers, owners, and occupants can take advantage of opportunities to reduce plug loads in the Research Support Facility.
Presentation slides from Replicability: A Campus Perspective presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.
This document provides an example request for proposal (RFP) created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District in June 2012 for Fort Carson Net Zero Army Barracks. The RFP has been annotated by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to demonstrate the project’s steps that follow NREL and DOE’s Energy-Performance-Based Acquisition process.
Presentation slides from Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.