With commercial building codes mandating increasing levels of efficiency and energy prices only continuing to rise, many building owners are looking for ways to boost building performance in both new and existing buildings. These case studies highlight several ways in which HVACR solutions have been implemented to help building owners meet their energy-efficiency and comfort goals.
Comfy optimizes energy efficiency and occupant comfort
July 20, 2015
Glumac’s new 17,500-square-foot office is the first Net Zero Tenant Improvement Living Building Challenge (LBC) registered project in the United States. The company views Comfy, from Building Robotics, as an integral component of its net zero energy design.
The renovation of the home utilizes such elements as solar and prefabricated panels and is designed to be executed quickly
July 6, 2015
A Netherlands-based consortium called Energiesprong brokered a deal between affordable housing associations and builders to retrofit 111,000 homes in the Netherlands to net zero energy levels. Net zero energy means that, on an annual basis, a home does not consume more energy than it produces.
Net Zero Energy Installations Could Save Millions a Year in Energy Costs
November 10, 2014
The U.S. Army has partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to increase energy security through improved energy efficiency and optimized renewable energy strategies at nine installations in the Army’s portfolio.
Advances in Building Envelope Technology Are Helping to Drive the Market
September 17, 2014
Aiming to reduce energy costs and minimize the carbon footprint of their buildings, governments, corporations, and home builders are pursuing zero energy building (ZEB) solutions, notes Navigant Research. Worldwide revenue from ZEBs is forecast to grow from $629 million annually in 2014 to more than $1.4 trillion in 2035.
Moving Beyond Net Zero Building to the Impact of Europe and China on US Green Building
January 20, 2014
Portland/Seattle green builder Hammer & Hand unveiled its 10 predictions for the United States high performance building industry. Hammer & Hand’s Sam Hagerman said, “We see exciting developments coming in 2014.”
A collaboration of researchers, manufacturers, and economic development officials are launching a new demonstration project for smart grid, net zero energy buildings called the GridSTAR Center at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.