Brief introduction to zero energy buildings (2 minute video).
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A white paper that describes the mixed-methods process that architectural firm Perkins-Eastman developed to evaluate school building performance post-occupancy. The paper includes a standard survey tool to assess perceptions and a sensor network and protocol for testing school building performance.
Discovery Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia, is one of the first zero energy schools on the east coast. This video tour of the school includes interviews from school officials and the architect responsible for delivering the school on-budget while meeting energy goals. Actual measured data shows that the school has been able to meet the zero energy criteria.
"Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC systems) account for 39% of the energy used in commercial buildings in the United States. Consequently, almost any business or government agency has the potential to realize significant savings by improving its control of HVAC operations and improving the efficiency of the system it uses."
This 6-page technical design fact sheet by ComEd, about window-to-wall ratio, explains why the quantity of exterior glazing is likely to have a greater impact on energy consumption and occupant comfort than any other decision in the design of a building.
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.)
This five-page fact sheet explains how designing, building, and operating zero energy ready K-12 schools provides benefits for districts, students, and teachers.
Article by Autodesk on massing and orientation as important design factors to consider for passive cooling.
A variety of energy saving resources related to HVAC, including: High Efficiency Roof Top Unit Specifications, Repair or Replace Decision Guidance, Case Studies, and other technical and business resources.
These resources are created through the Better Buildings Alliance partner organizations along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and DOE.