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.
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Richardsville Elementary School is the first full-scale zero energy K-12 school in the United States. The school building, located in Kentucky's Warren County Public School District, uses many innovative strategies to conserve energy including dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) with dynamic reset, insulated concrete form (ICF) wall construction, daylighting, and ground source heat pumps, among others. The school has both thin film and crystalline silicon photovoltaic panels.
This case study details the successful achievement of zero energy and Living Building Challenge certification.
The application of PCMs in buildings has significant potential to reduce energy consumption. However, because each PCM has its own phase change temperature, which is the temperature at which latent heat is absorbed or released, it is important to use an appropriate PCM for the purpose of building envelope design.
Article in the Whole Building Design Guide about the uses and features of metal roofs that meet "cool roof" standards.
Collection of resources on cool roofs and reducing urban heat island effect. From Berkeley National Laboratory's Heat Island Group.
An analysis of the energy and environmental consequences of pavement materials and construction, with comparison to the much larger building energy savings that can be achieved from cool roofs.
An economic comparison by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the lifecycle costs of white, green and black flat roofs.
Through a series of new construction projects at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ongoing collaborations between NREL and industry, the authors have found that high-performance, energy-efficient buildings can be procured within typical construction budgets.
Information on commissioning the entire building envelope, from design through construction.