“Net-Zero Energy Buildings and Homes” White Paper Q&A at AIA

May 06, 2011

“Zero and Net-zero Energy Buildings + Homes,” a 64-page White Paper that proclaims “the next frontier in the green building movement,” will be the topic of a 1-hr Q&A with 6 “NZEB” experts at the AIA Conference + Expo, Friday, May 13, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Morial Convention Center (Level 2, Room R06), New Orleans.

The 40,000-word report from Building Design+Construction provides a road map for the $350 billion design, construction, and real estate industry to develop “net-zero” buildings and homes that generate as much energy as they use, such as the new Research Support Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colo.

Robert Cassidy, BD+C’s editorial director, will moderate the discussion with the panel:

  • Paul Torcellini, PE, PhD – U.S. Dept of Energy and National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Tom Hootman, AIA, LEED AP – RNL Design (Research Support Facility design team)
  • Philip Macey, AIA, LEED AP – Haselden Construction (Research Support Facility construction manager)
  • Marc L’Italien, FAIA, LEED AP – EHDD Architecture (Exploratorium, Packard Foundation, and several other net-zero energy projects)
  • Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP – HOK (net-zero carbon prototype)
  • David Eijadi, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C – The Weidt Group (environmental building consultant for Science House/Science Museum of Minn., net-zero carbon prototype)

Potential topics of discussion (questions from media representatives are welcome!):

  • What did the experts learn from their NZEB experiences? What advice do they have for future NZEB designers, contractors, and building owners/developers?
  • How do you measure and monitor the actual performance of NZEBs?
  • What’s the “business case” for NZEBs? Do they make financial sense for owners?
  • Is there a gulf between what the energy model predicts and actual outcome?
  • What are the impediments – technical and otherwise – to producing NZEBs?
  • What about net-zero energy (and net-zero carbon) for existing buildings?

The White Paper, along with seven previous reports devoted to green building, is available for free download at www.BDCnetwork.com/whitepapers.

The report was sponsored by Johnson Controls, Lafarge, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association, Sto Corp., and the U.S. General Services Administration.

Contact: Robert Cassidy, BD+C Editorial Director, rcassidy@sgcmail.com, 847-391-1040 office; 773-220-3555 mobile – Booth 142 at AIA


Comments on: "“Net-Zero Energy Buildings and Homes” White Paper Q&A at AIA"


Low E/Low Profile

NZEB's should be judged on the basis of the utility bills. The operating cost profile will determine a number of things, including the capital valuation of the property. The business case is competitive advantage. That is determined by Non-green competitors running up utility costs on sunny days. The decreased exposure to cost increase also matters here. The impediments are mostly ideological. The technologic issues are actually minor, though getting people in a rut out may obscure that. Futura's Sawtooth system is a new roof or complete re-roof, but many other systems retrofit existing, still being amortized, buildings.

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