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Climate change is driven primarily by the release of carbon from fossil fuel sources and the demand for energy in buildings accounts for 40% of this carbon emission in the United States. New and emerging building technologies coupled with appropriate integrated design strategies have led over the past decade to the demonstrated capability of the construction of buildings that consume zero net energy over the course of a year for the majority of building types and geographic locations, thus opening up the possibility of large reductions in carbon emissions as the general building stock rolls over in the coming decades.

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is a deep green concept that is entering the mainstream of design practice using proven design strategies and state-of-the-shelf building systems, but also utilizing new building science tools and new building technologies.

For the individual client, procuring a high performance building that can achieve ZNE performance reduces operating cost significantly, inevitably creates a healthier indoor environment for users, provides great marketing and branding potential, and supplies a hedge against potential energy supply disruptions during the life of the building.

We offer design consulting services to assist clients in achieving this design goal.

Most buildings can achieve this level of performance provided an integrated design approach is initiated in the earliest design phase. We join with our client’s team at the project inception to assist them with evaluation of program, site, performance goals and possible design strategies to reach a ZNE performance-capable design. We use the latest technical evaluation and analysis tools appropriate to the level of design in a timely and informative way so that effective design decisions can be made at just the right time. We recommend possible alternative systems and provide comparative evaluation of energy use outcomes for each, along with the associated financial analysis of these alternatives.

Once a design approach is established, our team assists by reviewing design and construction documents in subsequent phases and updates the technical analyses to confirm ZNE performance tracking. We can also provide later-phase services such as commissioning and post-occupancy measurements of actual energy use performance.

For more details on the complete set of possible services toward achieving the goal of a ZNE-capable building, explore the menu below on this page. Some or all may be appropriate for your project.

Whole Building Energy Modeling

Daylighting Design and Modeling

Natural Ventilation Air Flow Modeling

On-Site Renewable Energy Systems

Financial Analysis in Cost Feasibility Studies

Plug Load (Equipment Load) Analysis

Embodied Energy and Zero Carbon Footprint Analysis

Post Occupancy Measurement & Verification (M&V)

Building Energy Performance Reporting