Commissioned Publication: Zero Net Energy Case StudiesPGE-cover-thumbnail

Client: Pacific Gas & Electric Company. First Edition: September 2014. Second Edition: April 2016. Third Edition: September 2018

Pacific Gas & Electric Company commissioned us to produce a monograph of case studies of buildings designed and built to achieve zero-net-energy performance, which have been verified as achieving this goal by a minimum of one year of data collection. The book is an illustrated description of the design approach, the practical issues confronted and solved, and the lessons learned from the post-occupancy energy performance evaluation. The result is a publication that is readily accessible to non-technical readers and still contains detailed technical information useful to the practicing building design professional.  (Learn More)

French-American Schl_thumbnailZero Net Electric Energy School Building for the French-American School, San Francisco, CA

Client: CA Architects, Sausalito CA, and the San Francisco French-American School

We were retained by the architect for this school project to provide building design consulting services toward the goal of zero net electric energy performance (grid neutrality). The 10,000 sq. ft. building complex supports a program of early childhood education (ages 3-5) on an urban site in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco. The project incorporates “state of the shelf” components in an advanced design incorporating a range of design strategies for this microclimate and building program. The project is currently under construction, expected occupancy in 2014.  (Learn More)

WBLstreetview-thumbnailZero Net Energy Public Library, Berkeley, CA

Client: City of Berkeley

Edward Dean led the A/E team in the design of a landmark zero net energy (ZNE) branch library for the City of Berkeley, while engaged as director of the northern California office of an architectural firm. The design of the 10,000 sq. ft. branch library incorporates appropriate design strategies for a small urban site in a marine microclimate and uses the architectural aspects of these strategies to enhance the users’ experience of the space. The daylighting design, in particular, provides a unique spatial character in addition to eliminating most of the normal electric lighting load. The building opened in December, 2013, and is currently undergoing its post-occupancy commissioning. It is fully metered to provide complete performance data for all energy systems during its first years of operation.  (Learn More)