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David & Lucile Packard Foundation Headquarters: Los Altos, CA

For the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, a headquarters that operated on a net zero energy basis wasn’t enough.

PNC Net Zero Bank Branch: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Solar panel canopies covering the ATM drive-through and pedestrian walkways at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., PNC Bank branch are the first indication that this is no ordinary bank.

Portland Community College Newberg Center: Newberg, OR

As the first step toward what could be an entirely net zero energy campus, Portland Community College Newberg Center is a proving ground of sorts for the college.

Oakland University Human Health Building: Rochester, MI

At the Oakland University Human Health Building, the focus on wellness is apparent even before stepping inside.

Locust Trace AgriScience Center: Lexington, KY

At the Locust Trace AgriScience Center, students learn agriculture by doing.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station: Spokane, Wash.

Early in the 20th century, the Spokane and Inland Empire Rail Road (SIERR) Building serviced one of the most innovative modes of transportation ...

Federal Center South Building 1202: Seattle, WA

The new home of the Seattle district headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers represents a transformation both for the occupants who work in it and for the high performing building industry.

Haywood Community College Creative Arts Building: Clyde, N.C.

Conditioned by the mountain air and illuminated with ample daylight, the new home of Haywood Community College’s Professional Arts program creates inviting, inspiring spaces for students to create one-of-a-kind works of art.

Saint Martin’s University Cebula Hall: Lacey, Wash.

What does it take to inspire students to pursue careers that tackle some of the toughest engineering challenges of the 21st century?

Gateway West Sustainable I: Brookfield, WI

As a developer of commercial building controls and automation systems, Environmental Systems Inc. wanted its new headquarters near Milwaukee, Wis., to showcase the potential energy and cost savings that can be achieved through high performance design and efficient operations.
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LED Lighting

When designers of the first net zero energy school in the U.S. considered how they would approach the lighting design differently using today’s LED technology, the results extended far beyond just switching out the lightbulbs.

IAQ in HPB Case Studies

Good indoor environmental quality is a key goal of high performing buildings, but often is not factored into sustainable building discussions and programs.

Rainwater: The Untapped Resource

Energy and water are inextricably linked. Roughly one quad of energy per year could be saved in the United States if we reduced water consumption by 10%.

Designing Efficient Lighting

Office, retail and service buildings are the largest consumers of energy in the U.S., and between 44% and 59% of that energy is consumed by lighting.

Building Energy Use Intensity

Building EUIs are valuable energy performance metrics for the design, energy modeling and assessment of building energy performance.
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