process that purposefully brings together the work of various
design and engineering disciplines to produce buildings that cost
less to operate; are easier to maintain; and are more attractive,
marketable, and comfortable than buildings designed through the
more traditional, compartmentalized approach. The benefits of
integrated energy design can often be achieved with little or no
increase in first costs.
- e-News #89: Shining Some Light on Photovoltaics
of all building components. They make a
visual statement of environmental consciousness and can
substantially offset a building's use of finite resources, all
while saving money on monthly utility bills. You may have seen PV
systems appearing on roofs in your neighborhood or heard about how
much PV prices have dropped. Is it time to consider PV for your own
home or business? What's happening with solar technology and is now
the right time to invest in PV?
- Designing Green - A Collaborative Approach
performance buildings is a symphonic process. This Emmy and Telly
award winning movie explores the integrated design strategy used to
plan, build and commission Santa Barbara's strikingly innovative
Casa Nueva new office project.
- e-News #69: Chilled Beams
making their way to the U.S.
market. Chilled beam technology, which involves locating a
low-temperature radiator at ceiling level to cool the rising warm
air, has been utilized in Europe and Australia for more than a
decade. Once cooled, the air slowly descends into the occupied
zone, providing adequate cooling with minimal air movement and fan
power, while providing an unobstructed radiant heat sink above the
- Case Studies: An Energy Efficient Multifamily Development
had few incentives or disincentives to
incorporate high efficiency design features and appliances into
- Design Brief: High-Performance New Homes
in new homes designed to provide comfortable living environments
with lower energy consumption and operating costs.
- e-News #64: Massive Buildings Yield Passive Savings
is a completely passive way of reducing
annual heating and cooling energy use and shifting the summer peak
demand to later in the day. In architectural terms, thermal mass
refers to the incorporation of solid or liquid materials into the
building design to absorb heat or cold and then release it later to
moderate building temperature swings.
- e-News #62: How Low Can You Go?
to slow down global warming before it's too late,"
said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September 2006, when he signed
Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of
2006. This landmark legislation, also known as the California
Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires the California Air
Resources Board (CARB) to develop regulations and market mechanisms
that will reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990
levels by 2020.
- Design Brief: Demand Response
that encourages customers to reduce or shift their
electric power usages under certain conditions to help utilities to
overcome temporary constraints in the electricity supply.
- Design Brief: Integrated Building Design
design approach, designers can cost-effectively lower building
operating costs while improving workers' comfort and boosting
- Design Brief: Skylights with Suspended Ceilings
in large, low-rise commercial buildings have been custom designed
and site built, an expensive and labor-intensive process. This
design brief explores the benefits of a better alternative: splayed
modular skylight wells specifically designed for use with suspended
- Design Brief: Commercial Kitchen Ventilation Design
exhaust ventilation system for a new commercial restaurant,
significant operational savings, energy efficiency, and
environmental improvements can be achieved.
- Design Brief: Improving Mechanical System Energy Efficiency
compromise the design team's ability to consider factors like life
cycle cost, distribution efficiency,access, maintainability, and
- Design Brief: Design For Your Climate
conditions that are specific to a project's location, design teams
are able to develop climate responsive building designs. The result
is a building that utilizes less energy and provides a high quality
and comfortable environment for the occupants.
- Case Studies: Building Case Study - A Biotech Lab and Office
Institute in La Jolla, California, is a 123,000-square-foot
laboratory and office building completed in 1999. Among the energy
efficiency measures included in the building are systems for
limiting energy waste associated with its 92 fume hoods and its air
handling, space conditioning, and lighting systems.
- Design Brief: Options & Opportunities
are appropriate for all building types, but some
are especially useful for particular buildings. This Design Brief
reminds designers and builders of opportunities they should
consider in each of their projects.
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PG&E Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program
Pacific Gas & Electric
A zero net energy (ZNE) building is one that achieves energy use
neutrality by a combination of deep load reductions and the
addition of on-site renewable energy sources. This pilot program
from PG&E supports California's goal that all new residential
construction be ZNE by 2020, and that all new commercial
construction be ZNE by 2030.
CPUC Zero Net Energy Action Plan
California Public Utilities Commission
The Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan is designed to help
California's commercial buildings sector achieve the ZNE goals
described in the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic
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The DOD Energy Blog: The Final Veil: Army Announces Net Zero Winners
US Department of Defense
DOD names the 17 Army/Joint installations selected for the Net
Zero Energy, Water and/or Waste contest.