Article in the Whole Building Design Guide about the uses and features of metal roofs that meet "cool roof" standards.
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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.
Northwestern University’s comprehensive occupant engagement program.
This case study highlights the design, implementation strategies, and continuous performance monitoring of NREL's Research Support Facility data center.
The purpose of this handbook is to furnish guidance for planning and conducting a highperformance building charrette, sometimes called a "greening charrette." The handbook answers typical questions such as, "What is a charrette?", "Why conduct a charrette?", "What topics should we cover?", "Whom should we invite?" and "What happens after the charrette?". Owners, design team leaders, site planners, state energy office staff, and others who believe a charrette will benefit their projects will find the handbook helpful.
This paper illustrates the challenges of integrating rigorous daylight and electric lighting simulation data with whole-building energy models, and defends the need for such integration in order to achieve aggressive energy savings in building designs. Through a case study example, we examine the ways daylighting – and daylighting simulation – drove the design of a large net-zero energy project.