Congratulations to all of the NBI @ZeroEnergyBldgs 2018 ZNE School Leadership Award Winners! LA USD, Pittsburg USD, Mark Day School, Yosemite Community College District, Foothill-De Anza Community College District, and Alice Sung of GreenBank Associates! https://newbuildings.org/news/2018-zne-awards/
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.
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.
Architecture at Zero, the ZNE design competition Resource Refocus has co-coordinated since it’s inception in 2011, is now live for 2017 submissions. This year’s site will be the San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science Center.
Resource Refocus is collaborating with the Center for Resource Efficient Communities at UC Berkeley on a technical feasibility study of zero-carbon buildings in California, funded by the Air Resources Board.
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:
Measured Zero Net Energy Performance: Results, Lessons, and Surprises presented by Dr. Carrie Brown
Lessons Learned from a Zero Net Energy Production Builder Demonstration presented by Margaret Pigman
So You Say You Have Built a ZNE Building, Prove It! with TRC and PG&E
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.
Resource Refocus provided project management, technical review, and data visualization for this project.
Under the guidance and management of Resource Refocus, the third largest home construction company in the country unveiled their zero net energy prototype this month. This effort was coordinated as part of PG&E’s ZNE Production Builder Demonstration.
Architecture at Zero, is now live for 2016 submissions. This year’s site will be a mixed use building on San Francisco State University’s campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resource Refocus co-coordinated this forum with the PG&E Zero Net Energy Pilot Program and the Rocky Mountain Institute on March 3rd at the Brower Center in Berkeley, CA.
Anna LaRue and Noelle Cole gave a presentation on achieving zero net energy buildings at the Energy Technology Assistance Program "Technology Seminar" held at the Associate of Bay Area Governments building in Oakland, CA.
We were pleased to open this month's copy of Metropolis magazine to see Susan Szenasy's "Notes from Metropolis" column. In it, she shares her thoughts on architecture and deep sustainability after serving on the Architecture at Zero 2011 jury. The full column is posted online here.