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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Zero Energy Buildings

Zero Energy Buildings


Case Study: Working Example: Zero Net Energy Center

High Performing Buildings, Summer 2015, by Michael Hummel and others.
http://www.hpbmagazine.org/attachments/article/12211/15Su-Zero-Net-Energy-Center-San-Leandro-CA.pdf

"To prepare electrical apprentices for working in the sustainable building industry in Northern California, the Zero Net Energy Center is a working example of an emerging phenomenon. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 595 (IBEW) and the Northern California Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) created a world-class learning environment for apprentices to gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology and electrical systems. The ZNEC also addresses the need to repurpose the existing building stock in the U.S. by transforming a typical 1980s suburban office building into a modern net zero energy showcase. "

Sandy Grove Middle School [NC]: Mitigating Cost with Net-Zero Design

Net Zero Buildings, May 2015, by Barbara Horwitz-Bennett. [Scroll to page 8.)
http://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1505_nzb?e=6596036/13273338

"The public and private sector team up to deliver an energy-positive school with a finely tuned energy profile, resulting in projected savings of $16M over 40 years."

2015 ASHRAE Technology Award: Net Zero Ready School

ASHRAE Journal, May 2015, by Brian Haugk and Brian Cannon.
http://tinyurl.com/m47tvb6

"Valley View Middle School in Snohomish, Wash., is a new three-story, 168,000 ft2 (15 600 m2) facility that replaced a much smaller and outdated building. Mirroring the district’s commitment to resource conservation, the design team used the Living Building Challenge as a guide for defining its sustainable approach."

Case Study: Portland Community College Newberg Center: Newberg, Ore.

High Performance Buildings, Winter 2015, by Doug Reimer and John McMichael.
http://ww.hpbmagazine.org/File%20Library/Case%20Studies/Winter%202015/15W-Portland-Community-College-Newberg-Center-Newberg-Oregon.pdf

"As the first building on what could potentially become an entirely net zero energy campus, the Portland Community College (PCC) Newberg Center represents a pioneering model for higher education institutions. Sustainable features are integrated building blocks of the design rather than attachments."

Bosch Equips Energy Smart Housing Community in Texas

Energy Manager Today, Jan. 21, 2015, by Karen Henry.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/bosch-equips-energy-smart-housing-community-texas-0108288/

"Bosch has partnered with Taurus Investment Holdings, a Boston-based real estate development company, to equip a master-planned community outside Austin, Texas, with efficient geothermal heat pumps, hot water systems and Energy Star rated kitchen appliances. The new community, called Whisper Valley, will eventually include 7,500 net zero ready single and multi-family homes and apartments, plus more than 2 million square feet of retail and office space across 2,062 acres."

Nothing Beats Zero: Trends in Zero-Energy Commercial Buildings

Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences, Feb. 2015, by Cathy Higgins.
http://digital.journalofthenationalinstituteofbuildingsciences.com/nibs/february_2015#pg37

"Zero-energy buildings (ZEB) are captivating the minds of leading building owners, designers and government professionals who are guiding the way to a lower carbon future. They are also capturing headlines, and many readers of the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences (JNIBS) are recognizing the zero-net energy (ZNE) has moved from an abstract concept demonstrated at a few universities and non-profits 10 years ago to a more widely adopted objective, practice and policy direction."

McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

New Buildings Institute Press Release, Jan. 30, 2014.
http://newbuildings.org/news/mcdonald%E2%80%99s-study-explores-idea-net-zero-energy-quick-service-restaurant

"A study prepared by Rocky Mountain Institute, Fisher Nickel, Inc. and New Buildings Institute examines the technical and financial feasibility of achieving new net zero energy restaurants in three cities: Chicago, Orlando and Washington, D.C."

7 Sustainable Design Trends From The Living Building Challenge

EcoBuilding Pulse, Dec. 29, 2014, by Katie Gloede.
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/green-building/7-sustainable-design-trends-from-the-living-building-challenge_c.aspx

"Here are seven future trends set by the Living Building Challenge that take net-zero to the next level."

Energy Codes for Ultra-Low-Energy Buildings: A Critical Pathway to Zero Net Energy Buildings

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Dec. 2014, by Jennifer Thorne Amann.
http://www.aceee.org/sites/default/files/publications/researchreports/a1403.pdf

"A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies.  Building energy codes can help us transition to ZNE construction for new residential and commercial buildings by 2030. We will need to expand the scope of codes to capture all building energy uses, address whole building systems instead of focusing on individual components, and shift our focus from building design to actual building energy use by adopting outcome-based codes."


Retailers Going Green

Environmental Design + Construction, Nov. 2104, by Derrick Teal.
http://www.edcmag.com/articles/95976-retailers-going-green

"Implementing sustainable designs in stores is helping numerous brands to put their environmental commitment on display for the public."
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