For schools in drought-stricken areas, net zero energy and water strategies help future-proof against utility rate hikes. But, the price tag for net zero can be too high for school budgets. Fortunately, a library project at Sacred Heart School in northern California illustrates that it is possible to deliver a net zero energy building within a conventional budget while teaching kids about the value of conserving resources.
Mike Rowland, facilities director of Georgia’s Education Department, discusses how insufficient funding for school facilities impacts student learning.
A sampling of products designed to save energy and reduce environmental impact.
Scott Heckel, P.E., describes how the building team helped the developer mitigate financial risk.
Conceived during the building slump of the Great Recession, this multi-tenant building in Madison, Wis., tells an important economic story: a developer-driven project can attain a high level of performance while remaining competitive and replicable in the market.
How does a building team deal with energy efficiency in an old building while maintaining its historic integrity? Author Carmen R. Evans details how this challenge and others were overcome.
Existing buildings hold tremendous potential for reducing the overall environmental impact of energy used by buildings. One Atlanta design firm sought to prove the possibilities for energy excellence in an existing building by transforming a 1940s former hardware shop. Located in a historic neighborhood undergoing revitalization, the project also exemplifies the complexities involved and care required to maintain ongoing performance in a living, breathing building.
Conceived as a replicable prototype for family-friendly, energy-efficient urban townhomes, this four-unit project in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood is proving the possibilities for market-rate, high performance housing. Traditionally, highly sustainable housing has been designed on a custom basis, available to customers willing to pay the associated cost premium. This net positive energy project proves that sustainable housing can also be affordable for homeowners, make business sense for developers and help reinvigorate urban neighborhoods.
Making a building from the late nineteenth century into a high-performing showplace is no easy feat. Author Perry Hausman, P.E., talks about the challenges of retrofitting an historic building.
Learn more about the authors behind the Bullitt Center case study.
Learn more about how the authors approached this project and the challenges they encountered.
Go in depth with author Z Smith.
The green-building industry gathers annually at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo for education, networking and to see the latest in green products and innovative ideas.
High performance is a journey, not a destination, and for most building operators and managers, it comes in incremental steps.