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2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Lendlease
Sector: Commercial, Residential
2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Webinar
Partner: Walgreens Co.
Sector: Commercial

This webinar highlighted how zero energy buildings combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources and that achieving zero energy is an ambitious yet increasingly achievable goal.

Video
Partner: McDonald's Corp.
Sector: Commercial

Zero energy buildings combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources.

2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Alachua County Public Schools, Community Housing Partners

Better Buildings Challenge Partners and an architect experienced with highly efficient design describe net zero energy (NZE) buildings in their portfolios, outlining technologies and strategies employed to reach NZE, and best practices for developing NZE projects. 

2014 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Aeon
Implementation Model
Partner: LINC Housing Corporation & SEED Partners
Sector: Multifamily

LINC Housing developed a replicable model that documents the steps low-income multifamily property owners can take to make whole building near-zero energy retrofits. The model has proven to successfully reduce energy and help overcome common barriers for energy efficiency in low-income housing.

2016 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Suncoast Credit Union
Sector: Commercial, Education

The ZEBs just keep coming! Learn how a bank, an elementary school and a manufacturing complex are using the zero energy design process of integrating energy and architecture to become leaders in their industry.

Webinar
Partner: McDonald's Corp.
Sector: Commercial, Education, Local Government, State Government

This webinar covered Zero Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlighted DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators. Participants learned from experiences of those who built ZE buildings and received an overview of the growth of ZE buildings in the US.

Other: Guidance

Access definitions for a zero energy building which produces enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements, thereby reducing the use of non-renewable energy in the building sector.

News
Sector: Local Government, State Government

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National League of Cities launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator to move the building market toward adopting sustainable practices to help districts achieve zero energy use in buildings.

Showcase Project
Partner: Arlington County School District
Sector: Education

Discovery Elementary School opened in 2015 as one of the first Zero Energy schools on the east coast of the United States.

Video
Sector: Education

Six school districts from across the country are joining our Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. The districts will work together to develop zero energy designs that are cost-competitive with traditional construction methods in schools.

Other: Case Study
Partner: General Services Administration (GSA)
Sector: Local Government, State Government

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) successfully renovated the historic Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, preserving the historic features and achieving Zero Energy Building (ZEB) status. The project earned LEED Platinum certification by reducing the building’s energy consumption, with a significant focus on reducing plug and process load energy use.

2017 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Arlington County School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, State of Rhode Island
Sector: Education

This session covered funding options, design and road mapping, and communication strategies implemented by Better Buildings partner school districts.

2017 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Aurora Public Schools, Kansas City Public Schools, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Sector: Education

This workshop-style session enabled partners and other interested stakeholders to sharpen their tools in the areas of building energy efficiency, renewable technologies, fleet conversions, and financial mechanisms.

2017 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: REI
Sector: Commercial, Education, Industrial, Multifamily, Residential, Local Government, State Government, Data Centers, Financial Services, Utility

This session covered the planning, innovative technologies, and processes that make Zero Energy Buildings a reality while highlighting ZEB projects in Denver and Washington, D.C.

Video
Partner: Arlington County, VA
Sector: Education

Arlington County is facing massive growth in the next decade and is seeking to add half a million square feet in educational facilities. Discovery Elementary is Arlington's first zero-energy school. Not only did the project come in under budget, but the building is more efficient than originally predicted. Now Discovery saves $100,000 per year in utility costs, enough to cover the salaries of two teachers.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Education

This is a collection of zero energy schools case studies available in the Commercial Buildings Resource Database.

Video
Sector: Commercial, Education, Industrial, Multifamily, Residential, Local Government, State Government

Most buildings today use a lot of energy -- to keep the lights on, cool the air, heat water, and power personal devices. Even installing solar systems will not significantly counter the heavy energy load. There are, however, some buildings that strike a balance; or even tip the scales the other way!

Solutions at a Glance
Partner: Community College of Allegheny County
Sector: Education

The Community College of Allegheny County issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) for their new 90,000-square-foot Workforce Development and Training Center, which will feature smart classrooms, laboratories, and multi-use spaces. The RFQ includes specifications for constructing the center as a Net Zero Energy (NZE) facility.

Showcase Project
Partner: Salt Lake City, UT
Sector: Local Government

Fault Detection and Diagnostics software performed continuous analysis of the HVAC system, which discovered some operating inefficiencies: simultaneous heating and cooling, over-ventilation of occupied space, and air handlers operating during unoccupied periods. The Facilities Department then developed energy conservation measures (ECMs), and conducted a retro-commissioning of the Public Safety Building, showing 32% energy savings.

Other: Guidance
Partner: ASHRAE: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Sector: Education

This guide provides user-friendly guidance for achieving a zero energy K-12 school building. It establishes a set of energy performance goals and applies to all sizes and classifications of K-12 school buildings (elementary, middle, high). Space types covered include administrative and office space, classrooms, hallways, restrooms, gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms, libraries, and food preparation and dining areas.

Other: Case Study
Partner: Arlington County School District
Sector: Education

A case study of Discovery Elementary School, a zero energy school in Virginia, that came in under budget and being more energy efficient than designed, saving $100,000 per year in energy costs.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Education

A case study of Odyssey Elementary School, a zero energy school in Utah featuring various glazing, envelope, renewable, and HVAC technologies.

Other: Case Study
Sector: Education

A case study of Friends School of Portland, a zero energy school in Maine that achieved both zero energy performance and passive house certification on a modest budget.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Education

Learn how designing, building, and operating zero energy ready K-12 schools provide benefits for districts, students, and teachers.  Includes a checklist and best practices summary for achieving a zero energy ready school. 

Other: Guidance
Sector: Education

School districts have encountered and overcome challenges to achieving zero energy in school buildings.  Here’s how they accomplished it. 

Other: Guidance
Sector: Education

Zero energy schools are possible and practical, and architects are leading the way. This gives examples of how architects can communicate the benefits of zero energy goals to school districts, teachers and the community, and best practices architects use to achieve a zero energy design. 

Other: White Paper

This conference paper introduces zero energy districts, reviews the structure of the Zero Energy District Accelerator, discusses the value of energy master planning, presents barriers to zero energy districts and how these are being addressed by zero energy district pioneers, and suggests pathways for wide-scale replication. 

Solutions at a Glance
Partner: Gundersen Health Systems
Sector: Commercial

Gundersen Health's Sparta Clinic consumes half the energy than the average outpatient medical clinic due to its low-energy design that targets energy efficiency and integration of renewables. As of 2018, the solar photovoltaic panels have produced more energy than the building has consumed establishing the clinic as an energy independent facility.

Showcase Project
Partner: Eden Housing
Sector: Multifamily

Eden Housing constructed the 44-unit low-rise Camphora Apartments in 2016, achieving net-zero electricity and LEED-H Platinum certified affordable housing status for performing 80% more efficiently than the state energy code.

Showcase Project
Partner: King County, WA
Sector: Local Government

King County, WA has targeted their trails maintenance complex for zero energy via lighting and HVAC retrofits, plus a rooftop solar PV system, reducing energy use by 35%.

2019 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Chattanooga, TN, Chattanooga, TN & EPB Electric Power
Sector: Commercial, Local Government, State Government, Data Centers

This presentation explored the potential of "digital twins" - or the mirrored representation of real building systems in a computerized environment - to enhance energy program decision-making.

2019 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Washington College
Sector: Commercial, Education, Financial Services, Industrial, Local Government, Multifamily, Residential, State Government

From affordable student housing to high-infill offices, a rapidly accelerating building trend is the proliferation of zero energy buildings. This session focused on the financial, technological, and design process innovations that make these projects a reality today.

2019 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Rocky Mountain Institute
Sector: Multifamily, Residential, Local Government, State Government

This session explored ways to leverage the benefits of Zero Energy with both new and existing homes, including the Zero Energy Ready Home program and new research exploring how to scale zero energy retrofits through advanced offsite production and aggregated demand.

2019 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Sector: Education

This session was designed to help participants address the challenges of operating aging education facilities and leveraging best practices to transform them into modern, resilient campuses.

Webinar
Partner: Washington College
Sector: Commercial, Education

From affordable student housing to high-infill offices, a rapidly accelerating building trend is the proliferation of zero energy buildings. This webinar explored the financial, technological, and design process innovations that make these projects a reality.

Other: Guidance
Partner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sector: Education

Developed as part of DOE's Zero Energy Schools Accelerator (ZESA), this guide outlines 8 steps to creating a Zero Energy school.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Data Centers

Presentation slides from Data Centers: Key Considerations presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides from Design Team Commitment: Contractor Perspective on Cost Control presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides from NREL's Human Factors and Post‐Occupancy Evaluation presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides from Owner Commitment: Sustainable NREL presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides from NREL's Owner Commitment: High Level Decisions presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides from NREL's Owner Commitment: Project Manager Perspective presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: General
Sector: Commercial

As environmentally friendly features become a mainstay of commercial property, learn what it takes to excel at selling and leasing green space.

Other: Software Tool
Sector: Education

Discovery Elementary School, a zero energy school in Arlington, Virginia, uses an age appropriate energy dashboard as a teaching tool for students and the community.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides from Reducing Plug and Process Loads for a Large Scale, Low Energy Office Building: NREL's Research Support Facility presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides from NREL's Renewable Energy Options for New Buildings and Major Renovations presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

Other: Guidance
Sector: Commercial

Presentation slides of NREL's Commercial Building Energy Efficiency: Applied Research at Speed and Scale presentation given at the NASA Net-Zero Energy workshop June 5-6, 2012.

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