Case Studies

These case studies of exceptional buildings continue to raise the bar for energy efficient best practice in California.

image source


  • e-News #97: Zero Net Energy Case Studies
    October 26, 2015
    1 comments

    Pacific Gas and Electric established a Zero Net Energy Pilot Program as a particular way to meet the goals of the 2008 California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This EDR eNews features highlights from six early ZNE nonresidential projects that are described in greater detail in a full length monograph written by Edward Dean ...

    read more...


  • Case Studies: Zero Net Energy Non-Residential Buildings
    April 12, 2015
    1 comments

    Six non-residential buildings were designed and built to perform at zero net energy (ZNE) consumption over the course of a year. Extensively monitored under the Pacific Gas & Electric Company's ZNE Pilot Program, each has proven to meet or exceed that level of performance for at least one year of post-construction occupancy.

    These case studies show that building industry leaders who target this new level of building performance can meet this challenge, reinforcing California's reputation for being the incubator and early adopter of transformative ideas with practical feasibility.

    read more...


  • Case Studies: Zero-Net Energy New Home - Ontairo
    October 5, 2014
    1 comments

    This Zero-Net Energy (ZNE) home – now built and occupied in Ontario, California – demonstrates to the Southern California homebuilder community that ZNE homes can be constructed using prevalent building practices and sold for a reasonable incremental cost.

    The main tasks of this project were to collaborate with a progressive expert homebuilder to design and construct a ZNE home based on mutually agreed upon technologies and practices, learning together to help overcome existing market barriers to ZNE homes.

    Some of the key findings of this project include ...

    read more...


  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Urban Promise Academy Uses Energy Modeling to Exceed CHPS Requirements
    March 10, 2010
    1 comments

    The new multi-purpose building at the Urban Promise Academy consists of approximately 11,000 SF of new construction including a multi-purpose gymnasium with raised platform stage, office, conference room, equipment storage, rest rooms, a lobby, and art/music classrooms. The project is located within the Oakland Unified School District.

    read more...


  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Modernization of Oakland High School Earns High Marks for Energy Efficiency and Comfort
    March 9, 2010
    1 comments

    The modernization project at Oakland High School consisted of major renovations in Building E (a 5,573 SF wellness center) and Building F (a 20,400 SF historic shop building). In addition, the project included the construction of one new building, Building G (a 16,320 SF classroom building). In addition to the challenge of renovating aging buildings to provide a healthy and productive educational environment, the design team also had to meet stringent energy efficiency requirements.

    read more...


  • ArchSIM Case Studies: La Maestra Clinic Teaches Sustainability, Inside and Out
    March 9, 2010
    1 comments

    La Maestra Community Health Centers is an award-winning not-for-profit organization that has been serving low-income and immigrant communities for 19 years.

    read more...


  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Coast Community College District Sees the Light
    February 24, 2010
    1 comments

    The Coast Community College District (CCCD), located in Orange County, California, comprises three community colleges that enroll more than 60,000 students per year in over 300 degree and certificate programs. Founded in 1947, the CCCD enjoys a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States.

    read more...


  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Shangri-La Construction Soars with Green Aviation Hangar
    February 24, 2010
    1 comments

    The builder for Hangar 25, a corporate jet hangar with attached office facility located at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, set out with the lofty goal to build the "most sustainable aviation hangar in the world".

    read more...


  • Case Studies: An Energy Efficient Multifamily Development
    September 21, 2009
    1 comments

    Historically, multifamily residential housing developments had few incentives or disincentives to incorporate high efficiency design features and appliances into their projects.

    read more...


  • Case Studies: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences
    June 12, 2009
    1 comments

    The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) is a three-story, 45,000 ft2 building on Sierra Nevada College's Lake Campus that demonstrates how an ambitious project team can successfully reduce energy usage by implementing a variety of innovative mechanical designs at minimal additional first cost.

    read more...


  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Caltrans District 7 Headquarters - Orientated Towards Efficiency
    June 27, 2008
    1 comments

    Building form and orientation can have a profound impact on overall building energy use and comfort. One of the greatest challenges facing architects designing new buildings is striking a balance between client needs and energy efficiency.

    read more...


  • Case Studies: Great Energy Efficient Buildings of California
    June 27, 2008
    1 comments

    These are special case studies of great energy efficient buildings, selected from several areas in northern and southern California.

    read more...


  • Case Studies: Newspaper Increases Production and Saves Energy with a Compressed Air System Retrofit
    April 1, 2004
    1 comments

    In 2005, the San Jose Mercury News' 410,000-square-foot printing plant redesigned their compressed air system. San Jose Mercury News engineering staff realized that the system was inefficient, leading to high energy and operating costs. To address the problem, the company turned to a statewide investor-owned utility sponsored energy efficiency program, Savings By Design (SBD), for help in designing the system and suggesting cost-saving improvements.

    read more...


  • Case Studies: Advanced Office Building Design
    March 1, 2004
    1 comments

    Premier Automotive Group Headquarters and Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) Facility were designed and built using these strategies and this case study reports the signficant results both projects are demonstrating.

    read more...


  • Case Studies: Teaming Up with Nature
    February 1, 2004
    1 comments

    Two Southern California projects have taken advantage of climate-related and site-specific characteristics to design and construct high-performance, environmentally friendly buildings.

    read more...


2   3   next »