This article, published in High Performance Buildings Magazine, presents the process used for delivering NREL's Research Support Facility (RSF) as a replicable blueprint to achieve a large reduction in building energy use and to adopt a net zero energy approach for large-scale commercial buildings (ZEB) without increasing cost.
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On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the launch of a new partnership to jump-start zero energy schools across the country. The Zero Energy Schools Accelerator enables states and school districts alike to design, construct, and operate these cutting-edge, energy-saving schools. This press release highlights the importance of the Accelerator by featuring a completed zero energy school, Discovery Elementary in Arlington, Virginia.
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.
To candidly discuss sustainable and net-zero energy building concepts, processes and software needed to achieve innovative new facilities, sustainable consulting architect Bruce Haxton partnered with ED+C and 16 others (as noted throughout this article) to host a groundbreaking net-zero energy building (NZEB) roundtable.
Spearheaded by Haxton and ED+C senior editor Michelle Hucal, the following article is based on an original roundtable event on NZEB conducted in May 2010. Haxton led and participated in this NZE overview teleconference, which was sponsored by participant Russ Drinker, managing director of the San Francisco office of Perkins+Will. In this unique, in-depth, on-the-record discussion, industry experts analyze NZEB.
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This document describes how, for the Research Support Facility to cost-effectively reach net-zero energy with a firm fixed price, all cost-effective energy efficiency strategies had to be fully integrated into its design. These include maximizing daylighting, radiant heating and cooling with dedicated outdoor air systems, and integrating energy efficiency into the building architecture.
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
The University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to retrofit existing buildings to reduce energy consumption by at least 30% as part of DOE’s Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) Program.
School districts and their design and construction teams have encountered and overcome challenges to achieving zero energy in school buildings. This five-page fact sheet explains how they did it.
Commercial Building Energy Efficiency: Applied Research at Speed and Scale given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012
This five-page fact sheet explains how designing, building, and operating zero energy ready K-12 schools provides benefits for districts, students, and teachers.