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The new Research Support Facilities (RSF), currently in construction on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is utilizing a wide variety of energy efficiency measures to reduce energy consumption by 50% over standard commercial buildings. But the goal to achieve a LEED Platinum rating didn’t override a focus on cost. The RSF’s construction costs are competitive with today’s less energy efficient commercial buildings, proof that energy efficiency doesn’t have to come at a premium.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Program has set the aggressive goal of producing marketable net-zero energy buildings by 2025. This goal will require collaboration between the DOE laboratories and the building industry. We developed standard or reference energy models for the most common commercial buildings to serve as starting points for energy efficiency research. These models represent fairly realistic buildings and typical construction practices. Fifteen commercial building types and one multifamily residential building were determined by consensus between DOE, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and represent approximately two-thirds of the commercial building stock.
The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Retail Buildings (AEDG-SR; the Guide) is intended to provide a simple approach for contractors and designers who create retail buildings up to 20,000 ft2. Application of the recommendations in the Guide should result in small retail buildings with 30% energy savings when compared to those same retail buildings designed to the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999.
This report overviews trends in the construction industry and the resulting impacts on energy consumption. The report provides a specific profile of the construction industry and patterns of energy use followed by sections providing product and market insights and information on policy efforts, such as taxes and regulations, which are intended to influence building energy use. Information on voluntary programs is also offered.
This paper describes efforts to develop a computerized tool that can rapidly execute and evaluate many building energy simulations. Building energy simulations are often used for trial-and-error evaluation of “what-if” options in buildingdesign—a limited search for an optimal solution, or “optimization.” Computerized searching has the potential to automate the input and output, evaluate many options, and perform enough simulations to account for the complex interactions among combinations of options.
This paper introduces a classification system for net-zero energy buildings (ZEB) based on the renewable sources a building uses.
The results of plug load audits and long-term PPL studies, conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, have yielded the strategies outlined in this document. The PPLs that are highlighted are some of the largest that are typically found in large retail buildings and are the most likely to have a high energy savings potential.
This document provides an overview of PPLs and provides direction for store owners, occupants or employees, and facility managers to reduce PPLs. It is also intended to guide the procurement of new equipment.
In order to seize the opportunities for improving energy performance in the United States, it is important to understand what drives American companies and building owners to adopt efficiency improvements and sustainability policies. The research in this report provides new insights on how to create high-performing buildings and how to make the right business case to seize these opportunities.
This case study provides information the use of efficient and green technologies across a portfolio of retail buildings. The case study was extracted from the "Business Case for Energy Efficient Building Retrofit and Renovation" report.