Architecture at Zero 2018 Competition Now Open

Resource Refocus is coordinating the energy-related aspects of the Architecture at Zero competition, funded by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The competition will distribute up to $25,000 in total prize money. Registration closes January 10th, 2019 and submissions are due no later than January 28th, 2019.  

ACEEE Summer Study 2018: Making Efficiency Easy and Enticing

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) hosted this year’s Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Pacific Grove, California. Our team zeroed in on occupant-based savings calculations based on meter data and the increasing industry-wide focus on decarbonization. Members of our team co-authored two papers accepted in the conference proceedings; one discussing Prop 39 retrofits and the other regarding community solar.

ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings 2016

Resource Refocus was very active at the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, authoring or coauthoring 4 papers and giving 2 presentations:

Volume 2 of ZNE Case Study Buildings Now Available

The second volume of Zero Net Energy Case Study Buildings gives an in-depth look at 5 commercial ZNE buildings in Northern California. The case studies include 4 retrofit projects, 3 offices, a museum, and a library:

  • DPR Construction Office Building

  • IBEW-NECA JATC Training Facility

  • Speculative Office Building at 435 Indio Way

  • West Berkeley Branch Library

  • The Exploratorium Science Museum

For each building, this book provides a description of building features and design strategies, modeled and monitored energy performance data, and post occupancy lessons along with beautiful photographs and illustrations.

Both volumes are available for free download (Volume 1, Volume 2) and for purchase on Amazon (Volume 1, Volume 2).

Resource Refocus provided project management, technical review, and data visualization for this project.

ZNE House at Energy Training Center

PG&E’s new Energy Training Center contains a ZNE designed house with interactive education tools for visitors to explore. Dr. Carrie Brown of Resource Refocus conducted energy analysis, ultimately providing the energy models behind the interactive dashboard.

New Team Member - Margaret Pigman

Resource Refocus is pleased to announce that Margaret Pigman has joined our consulting team as an Associate Technical Consultant focusing on data visualization, building science, and zero net energy.

Previously, she was a Graduate Student Researcher at the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. Her research focused on occupant behavior and thermal comfort in naturally ventilated, mixed mode, and air conditioned office buildings. She enjoys creating visualizations that allow people to explore and learn from data. Margaret earned a Master of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Building Science from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Physics from Williams College.


Presentation of PG&E Zero Net Energy Residential Project Consultations

On behalf of PG&E, Resource Refocus coordinated a presentation of the results of zero net energy (ZNE) residential project consultations on March 27, 2014, in Berkeley, CA.

The projects were presented by the technical consultant teams engaged by PG&E to assist project teams in designing and/or monitoring their ZNE projects. In addition, a residential program manager highlighted upcoming changes to residential PG&E incentive programs, and the CPUC provided an overview of the larger statewide ZNE residential issues and goals. 

The presentations and case study handouts from the event are available here.

New Team Member - Dr. Carrie Brown

Resource Refocus is delighted to announce that Dr. Carrie Brown has joined our consulting team as a Senior Technical Consultant focusing on building science and zero net energy.

Carrie, previously Associate Technical Director in building science at TRC (formerly HMG), brings a strong background in energy modeling and energy policy with a focus on zero net energy issues. She had a core role in the "Road to ZNE" study completed by HMG in December 2012. Carrie has also been the lead building science consultant for Retroficiency, where she helped develop their proprietary software for benchmarking and interval analysis.

Carrie has a Ph.D. from MIT in Building Technology and a M.S.Arch. in Building Science from the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley.