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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: 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."

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."

Net-Zero Buildings in Action

Building Operating Management, Nov. 2014, by Greg Zimmerman.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency/article/Especially-In-NetZero-Energy-Buildings-A-Careful-Eye-On-Operations-Pays-Off--15485

A 4-part article:
Part 1: Especially In Net-Zero Energy Buildings, A Careful Eye On Operations Pays Off
Part 2: Facility Managers' Grasp Of Big-Picture Issues Is Crucial To Net-Zero Performance
Part 3: Flexible Design, Careful Energy Monitoring Are Vital
Part 4: Despite Buildings' Success, Facility Managers Aim For More Performance

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home™ Case Study

U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Nov. 2014.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/01/f19/DOE_ZEH_TCLegend_11-2014.pdf

TC Legend Homes, Montlake Modern, Seattle, WA
"After two years of searching for their dream home, a Seattle couple turned to zero energy home builder Ted Clifton of TC Legend Homes, who built them a modern two-story with a mother-in-law suite and views of Lake Washington from the roof-top deck. Clifton calls the home a positive energy home, one that produces more energy than the home itself consumes. In fact, the home should produce enough electricity to power an electric car with the charging station set up in the garage."

Zeroing In [on Zero Energy]

Building Science Insights, Building Science Corporation, by Joseph Lstiburek.
http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-081-zeroing-in/

"So what does “net zero” mean anyway? And what is the difference from a “zero energy house”? A zero energy house is “off grid” and makes all the energy it needs on site using renewables. This is not easy to do and typically involves an ultra efficient house and energy storage. Good luck. Having said that, I like the ultra efficient part. I can’t help it. Engineers worship efficiency. The storage part worries me."

Integrated Thinking at the Hilton Foundation: Combining Architecture with Operations

Business Energy, Jul/Aug.\ 2014, by Carol Brzozowski.
http://www.distributedenergy.com/DE/Articles/26496.aspx

"The Hilton Foundation building [Agoura Hills, CA], designed to exceed the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, is significantly more efficient in its use of energy and water than most LEED Platinum office buildings. A large contributor toward achieving net-zero energy is the design of the building’s integrated envelope and building cooling and heating systems."
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