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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


The Careful Journey of Bryce Canyon National Park to Zero Net Energy

Solar Today, Spring 2016, by Adam Plesniak.
http://solartoday.org/2016/05/the-careful-journey-of-bryce-canyon-national-park-to-zero-net-energy/

"With the National Parks Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, humility and recognition of stewardship were of primary importance when leaders at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah decided they wanted to take their Visitors Center and main operational offices to zero net energy (ZNE) before the 2016 Centennial celebrations. With over 1.5 million visitors to the park every year, they wanted a solar power solution designed to educate, inspire and above all, be the gold standard for ecologically responsible solar."

ASHRAE Research Outlines Measures to Reach Toward Net Zero Energy

Engineered Systems, Apr. 26, 2016.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97706-ashrae-research-outlines-measures-to-reach-toward-net-zero-energy

"Thirty specific energy savings measures across all building types and climate zones resulted in cutting energy use by nearly half, according to results of newly approved research funded by ASHRAE."

Buildings Can Be Much Greener...

California Building News, Mar/Apr. 2016.  -- jump to page 7.
https://issuu.com/easoncommunications/docs/californiabuildingsnewsma2016

"...as it stands now, only a very tiny fraction of California building produce all the energy they need to operate, though some have proven they can and attempts by others to attain the magical zero net energy (ZNE) status are growing, because of both governmental, market and cultural pressures. Whether a substantial number ever achieve ZNE use is less important than the efforts to reach that lofty goal."

Onsite Power: What's It Mean to Get to Zero

Net Zero Buildings, Mar. 2016, by Chuck Ross. -- Jump to page 24.
https://issuu.com/constructionbusinessmedia/docs/1603_nzb

"Net zero building has been a topic of conversation between architects and engineers for more than a decade, but there remains a significant lack of consensus over what 'net zero' actually means when it comes to the relationship between onsite energy consumption and generation."

Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

New Buildings Institute, Feb. 22, 2016, by Alexi Miller.
http://newbuildings.org/zero-net-energy-buildings-and-the-grid/

"As zero net energy (ZNE) and other low-energy buildings become increasingly common, we have to think about how different ZNE strategies can interact with their local electricity grids. The electricity grid was built as a one-way street, with energy flowing from the power plant to the consumer. Widely distributed renewable energy systems and other cutting-edge building technologies will change that equation."

Zero Net Energy Building Controls: Characteristics, Energy Impacts and Lessons

Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Nov. 2015, prepared by the New Building Institute.
http://www.caba.org/documents/reports/CABA%20ZNE%20report%202015%20full.pdf

"This research examined the controls perspectives from design firms responsible for 23 buildings, operators of six buildings and occupants of seven buildings....  Control systems can deliver important benefits that support the owner and occupants as well as the goals of reduced energy use in buildings."


Introducing the Passive House System: A New Standard for Building Green

The Construction Specifier, Nov. 2015, by Gita Nandan.
http://www.constructionspecifier.com/introducing-the-passive-house-system-a-new-standard-for-building-green/

"The architectural community is at a tipping point. Specifiers and their design teams are moving closer to super-energy-efficient performance across a spectrum of building types and portfolios, including the ‘deep energy retrofits’ of recent years.... A solution many architects and owners are turning to is Passive House, a relatively new standard focused on airtightness, high thermal values, energy-attuned material selection, and the use of natural ventilation and lighting."

Case Study: Zero-Net Energy Transit Center

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, July 2015, by Mark Walsh-Cooke and Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/case-study-zero-net-energy-transit-center/6f8b2c1532aa3bfaf3e73a474994bf71.html

"The John W. Olver Transit Center zero-net energy (ZNE) [Greenfield, MA]project is a high-performance building designed with reduced energy loads, passive design strategies, maximized efficiency of mechanical and electrical systems, and on-site power generation."

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."
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