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A new publication is now available from industry leading organizations to demonstrate to contractors and designers that zero energy office buildings are attainable.
Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy, provides direction for designing and constructing zero energy office buildings in all climate zones. The guide was developed by ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with support and funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The guide can be dowloaded for free at www.ashrae.org/freeaedg.
“This guide provides a pathway to zero energy and presents design teams with strategies for achieving energy savings goals that are financially feasible, operationally workable and readily achievable,” said Paul Torcellini, project committee chair. “As we drive toward the crucial goal of reducing energy consumption and ensuring that zero energy buildings become the standard design and construction approach, publications such as this will become increasingly important.”
This guide focuses on the design and construction of buildings that are ready to accept renewable energy systems to meet low energy loads. It offers user-friendly directions for the construction of new, low-energy small to medium office buildings and also applies to retrofits of existing buildings, depending on the depth and breadth of the retrofit. Strategies for reaching zero, including energy-efficient targets and how-to recommendations can also be found throughout the guide.
Brad Liljequist, zero energy senior program manager for McKinstry and author of the foreword for the guide noted, “I think this guide is really excellent — very practical with a nice amount of information.”
Additional features of the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy include:
This is the second publication in a series of guides tailored to the design and creation of zero energy buildings. Achieving zero energy is defined as a building that, on an annual basis, produces as much renewable energy onsite as it consumes.
To learn more and download Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings: Achieving Zero Energy, visit www.ashrae.org/freeaedg and use the hashtag #ZeroAEDG for social media posts.