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This report summarizes the work undertaken by a group of building industry thought leaders who gathered for a Performance Outcome Summit in August 2014 in Seattle, Washington. During a day and a half workshop, the group examined the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry from estimating energy use, based on models in the design phase, to measuring real performance outcomes, based on actual energy use in an occupied building. This report was developed by the event hosts, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) and New Buildings Institute (NBI).
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This resource tracks zero energy and ultra-low energy commercial buildings in California, including multi-family. Information was gathered by NBI from multiple sources that include: designers, owners, utility programs, private and public organizations, articles, e-news, research and commercial real estate professionals. The Watchlist serves, along with other available ZNE resources, to support the awareness, acceptance and adoption of ZNE goals and outcomes throughout California and the nation. For more resources visit www.cpuc.ca.gov and newbuildings.org/zero-energy
NBI’s FirstView® enables building owners, energy efficiency professionals and designers to extract more targeted and useful energy performance information from basic data inputs. Learn more with this factsheet.
In early February 2015, over 250 policymakers, designers, building owners, commercial real estate professionals and others gathered at the Getting to Zero National Forum in Washington D.C. The event showcased the growing momentum for zero energy buildings -- high efficiency structures that consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite with renewable resources -- and examined opportunities to drive zero and exemplary energy performance. This report describes the outcomes of the event including key themes that emerged from the presentations and discussion.
Program and presentations from the forum are also available.
At the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum, NBI Research Director Cathy Higgins presented the numbers and names of zero energy-verified buidlings as well as emerging projects. The list represents 29 verified and another 152 emerging projects across North America. This slide set shows the numbers, types and aspects of these ultra-efficient structures.
New Buildings Institute conducted research to identify buildings with targets or actual outcomes of net zero energy. These results were published in ‘ZNE Status Reports’ in early 2012 and 2014. NBI continues to track and document buildings with low and zero energy to support the market and policy interest in this data. This 2015 list of buildings is an interim count based on this ongoing work.
This document details the program for the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum held Feb. 1-3 in Washington, DC. The event brings together leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate professionals to share perspectives on the growth of zero energy buildings, learn about best practices for successful projects and collaborate on opportunities for zero energy to transform the built environment.
With Zero Net Energy (ZNE) a growing building design and energy policy trend, design firms and owners are striving to meet heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) loads with optimum comfort and minimal energy. Indirect Evaporative Cooling (IEC) offers a highly efficient way to cool an indoor space without raising the humidity.This ZNE Technology Application Guide provides an overview of Indirect Evaporative Cooling - an approach that can be combined with, or in some cases replace, traditional or advanced cooling systems to significantly reduce cooling energy use.
Improved lighting efficiency has long been a major strategy to reduce the energy use in buildings. These savings have traditionally come from improved efficiency of lamps and ballasts. Today, deep energy reductions and Zero Net Energy (ZNE) are possible by continually controlling each of these efficient fixtures in response to varying details within the space. This guide provides an overview of luminaire-level lighting control (LLLC). The full LLLC approach provides controllability at each fixture with real-time energy tracking and data collection.
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is the future, and in a growing number of places the present, of building design and energy policy. A growing strategy to get to ZNE is to separate the building’s heating/cooling from the ventilation/dehumidification. Design firms and owners are striving to meet heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) loads with optimum comfort and minimal energy. Radiant systems can provide heating and cooling through pipes while ventilation and any humidity control requirements are efficiently met by a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS). This guide provides an overview of Radiant Heating and Cooling + DOAS systems.