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Walgreens Net Zero Store: Evanston, IL

Seventy-six percent of Americans live within five miles of a Walgreens store. With such a large footprint, Walgreens decided to create a net zero store.

Hollis Montessori School: Hollis, NH

At the Hollis Montessori School, the school environment is a teaching tool, so it made sense to build the first Passive House certified elementary school in the U.S.

Sherman Fairchild Laboratory: Cambridge, MA

Harvard University chose to breathe new life into the existing Sherman Fairchild Biochemistry Building as a case study to develop the laboratory of the future within an existing building.

Henry County Public Schools, KY

Henry County Public Schools sought and found an alternative funding method: a guaranteed energy savings contract (or performance contract) as a funding mechanism for school improvements.

Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocate: Des Moines, Iowa

When it comes to designing and operating high performing buildings, occupant behavior can be one of the hardest variables to predict and control.

Zero Net Energy Center: San Leandro, CA

What does it take to transform a typical 1980s suburban office building into a modern net zero energy showcase?

Drake Landing Solar Community: Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Tucked away in the midst of a Canadian suburb is an ordinary-looking neighborhood that may represent the future of sustainable residential heating systems.

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building: Portland, OR

One of the most important aspects of this three-year renovation began when the construction ended.

Outagamie County Regional Airport General Aviation Terminal: Appleton, WI

Airports are often the face of a community, the first and last impression for the traveling public.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS): Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) aims to not only reduce impact on the environment, but improve the lives of its occupants and its community through net positive operation.
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Resiliency: From Surviving to Thriving

When disasters strike, buildings can turn into traps as they did in Hurricane Katrina, or they can provide places of refuge.

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.
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VRF Zoning: An Ideal HVAC Solution for Multifamily Applications

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Energy Recovery Technologies

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Seismically Certified HVAC Equipment

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HPB Chinese Edition

ASHRAE is pleased to announce publication of its first Chinese Edition of High Performing Buildings magazine!

Visit www.hpbmagazine.org/china to learn about reducing environmental impacts of buildings in Asia and elsewhere.

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