Net-Zero Energy School Opens in Maryland

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MD’s first net-zero energy school opens its doors Construction Dive, January 5, 2017 Maryland school officials opened the first net-zero energy school in the state on Monday, according to The Baltimore Sun. In addition to energy-efficient elements like insulation, a geothermal heat pump and programmable lights, Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia, MD, also includes 2,000 … Read more

Ask the Expert: What’s the Difference Between Net-Zero and Carbon-Neutral?

Ask the Expert: What’s the difference between “net-zero” and “carbon-neutral” in relation to buildings and efficiency? Ryan Pollin, ERS, for Zondits There are many different but nearly synonymous terms for buildings, campuses, and communities going in the general direction of net zero. Per the Department of Energy, the best term is a zero energy building (ZEB). This is … Read more

Builders are Committing to Net Zero Energy Homes

HOW BUILDERS ARE MEETING THE CALL FOR NET ZERO ENERGY HOMES Builder, November 9, 2016 With energy codes becoming more stringent in many states, Myers and Thrive are at the vanguard of a growing group of regional and national production builders who are building highly efficient, zero energy ready homes—meaning they’re wired for photovoltaic panels, … Read more

Precast Concrete Walls are Winning Awards for Energy Efficiency

Precast concrete walls are durable and energy efficient The Kansas City Star, July 15, 2016 Homeowners thinking outside the traditional wood-framed residential box are pouring on the creativity when building houses with precast concrete walls. Not only used in below-grade applications, concrete shows its durability and energy efficiency from the ground up in new home … Read more

The State of Technology: Outcome-Based Energy Codes and zEPI

Two emerging code developments to targeting improved building performance Matt Lockwood, ERS, for Zondits This month, our State of Technology series focuses on energy codes. Let’s talk about two innovations in development over the last decade in energy codes: outcome-based energy codes and zEPI. Both started as dreams of energy code wonks to address the … Read more

MassNZ: A Test Bed for Data Center Efficiency

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Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits March 9, 2016. Image credit: geralt The Mass Net Zero Data Center (MassNZ) is an experiment in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which is a testing center for using renewable energy for data center applications. Not surprisingly, the key is storage, and MassNZ uses heavy flywheels as part of a distributed energy storage demonstration … Read more

Methodologies to Improve Commercial Building Code Compliance

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Presented at the AESP 26th National Conference on February 3, 2016 Ari Michelson, Brian McCowan, Frances Chase, ERS Building energy codes in the U.S. have come a long way in the past three decades, increasing in complexity along the way. This is especially true for the commercial building sector, where codes have rapidly transitioned from … Read more

UH Manoa Classrooms Go Green

UH Mānoa breaks ground on first net zero energy buildings University of Hawaii, July 9, 2015. Image credit: kkmm On June 15, 2015, contractors broke ground for the installation of two 1,500 square foot, net zero energy classrooms, for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) College of Education. Funded by the University’s Hawai‘i Natural Energy … Read more

Shining a New Light on Net-Zero Technology

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How smart glass windows slash energy bills SF Gate, December 29, 2015 It’s a kind of disappearing act in reverse. Apply a trickle of electricity, and the window made by View can change from clear to almost pitch black. Control the current, and the window can take on any tint you need. Based in Milpitas, … Read more

United States’ Largest Landlord Might Go 50% Net-Zero by 2030

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United States’ Largest Landlord Might Go 50% Net-Zero by 2030 Ryan Pollin for Zondits, February 11, 2015 The United States General Services Administration (GSA) owns and leases 8,300+ buildings to the federal government, and last September the US Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) proposed that 50% of the GSA’s building area achieve net-zero energy building … Read more