Author: Paul Torcellini, Ph.D., P.E., Member ASHRAE

The Footprint: Out of the Typical Residential Box

Although we have come close to, and, if you ignore the excessive plug loads, we have exceeded, zero energy status,1 we have other, less conventional constraints. We are committed to minimizing our impact by growing much of our own food.…

Next-Generation Professionals Designing the Future of Buildings

College students worldwide are developing their building science knowledge and skills through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero). They design and present zero-energy-ready buildings in well-defined contest areas

Finding Common Ground: Defining Zero Energy Buildings

Buildings that produce more energy than they consume have moved from concept to increasingly common reality in recent years. But until a few months ago, no general, industry-wide agreement existed as to what exactly defined such a building.