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Showcase Project
Partner: PNC Financial Services Group
Sector: Commercial

PNC faced the technical challenge of designing a branch that generates at least as much energy as it consumes. For this project, PNC decided to push the boundaries of its existing, high performance buildings.

Showcase Project
Partner: Walgreens Co.
Sector: Commercial

Walgreens incorporated the best practices from previous sustainability efforts in its first net zero energy designed retail store, which opened on November 21, 2013 in Evanston, Illinois.

2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Partner: Lendlease
Sector: Commercial, Residential
2015 Better Buildings Summit, Presentation
Webinar
Partner: Walgreens Co.
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. 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 worked with several partners to implement Very Efficient Retrofit packages in 30 buildings and track success with several monitoring systems. 

Webinar
Partner: Seventhwave (formerly the Energy Center of Wisconsin)
Sector: Commercial, Education, Industrial, Multifamily, Residential, Local Government, State Government

Buildings that produce more energy than they consume, commonly defined as zero net energy buildings, have moved from concept to reality in recent years. Can you achieve zero net energy commercial buildings at little to no cost premium? Find out!

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

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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.

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. GSA’s goals were to preserve the building’s historic features, and achieve Zero Energy Building (ZEB) status.

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.

Showcase Project
Partner: Arizona State University
Sector: Education

Due to the location and student-centric focus, the Student Pavilion was selected to become the first Net Zero Energy building at ASU. The pavilion provides an opportunity to demonstrate and teach Net Zero Energy and Zero Waste practices.

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

Model RFQ for a proposed net zero energy workforce development & training center at Community College of Allegheny County (PA).

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.

Other: Guidance
Partner: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
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. 

Other: Case Study
Sector: Education

A case study of Odyssey Elementary School in Utah. 

Other: Case Study
Sector: Education

A case study of Friends School of Portland, a zero energy school in Maine.

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 June 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

In partnership with the City of Soledad and Monterey County, California, co-developers Eden Housing and South County Housing Corporation completed construction of this affordable housing property and community center in 2016.

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