- 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?
- e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and
technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs
while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light
pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience,
including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night
- e-News #87: Benchmarking
for an organization or process, usually
with the goal of motivating its improvement. Benchmarking requires
the use of a common metric to allow comparison between entities, or
else to a minimum standard or best-practice goal. Building energy
performance is typically measured in equivalent units of
consumption, over a consistent period of time, for a given unit of
- Project Showcase
Here you will find numerous examples of SAVINGS BY DESIGN and
other high-performance new buildings and retrofit projects. Meet
the leading edge property owners, developers, and design
professionals that are blazing a path to the Zero Net Energy
buildings of the future.
- Office of the Future
presents case studies of two exemplary pilot projects
in existing buildings that are yielding measured energy savings of
over 50% and 66% respectively.
- e-News #86: Zero Net Energy Buildings
residential construction to be zero net energy by 2020 and all new
commercial construction to be zero net energy by 2030. In order to
achieve this and other goals, we must understand how to define and
quantify ZNE, approach ZNE by project type, and move forward with
- Residential HVAC Changeout Factsheet
is presented in a visual, easy
to understand format in this quick reference document.
Determine which requirements apply to your project, including
mandatory measures and HERS verification by downloading it.
Helpful hints for completing compliance documentation is also
- 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.
- June 2012 EDR DesignShift™ Charrette
student participants in the EDR DesignShift™Charrette
worked in teams of five over two days to collaboratively create a
zero-net energy building using a series of methods and tools to
develop and quantify their energy savings.
- Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidebook, Volume I
has been updated to cite new research and reflect recent changes in the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 2008). It contains three chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to simulate the following advanced HVAC technologies:
- Underfloor Air Distribution
- Energy Efficient Chillers
- Advanced Control Sequences
- April 2012 EDR DesignShift™ Charrette
students of the EDR DesignShift™
Charrette worked in teams of five over two days to collaboratively
create a zero-net energy building using a series of methods and
tools to develop and quantify their energy savings.
- Residential Fenestration Factsheet
with basics you need to know about meeting energy
requirements for residential fenestration designs.
Performance requirements per climate zone, helpful hints in
completing compliance forms and direction on presriptive vs.
performance approach are highlighted.
- e-News #85: Radiant Heating and Cooling
are more energy efficient compared to traditional
forced air systems for several reasons. But let's start at
the building occupant since their comfort is one of the main
reasons we have the built environment.
- e-News #84: Building Information Modeling
a 3D data-rich model of all architectural, structural, mechanical
and electrical systems in the building. The model is not only used
to design the building and document it for construction, it's also
used as the primary tool to create and coordinate design
- e-News #83: Supermarket Refrigeration
have the second highest energy
consumption of major building types in California, with electricity
representing over 80% of this, and with energy-intensive
refrigeration consuming the greatest fraction of electricity.
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