A new publication is intended to help build K-12 schools with advanced levels of energy savings.
Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings – Achieving Zero Energy, is a joint effort by ASHRAE, AIA, IES, and USGBC, with support and funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It is the first in a series of guides that is tailored to the design and creation of zero energy buildings.
“The guide builds upon the popular 50% advanced energy design guide series with new and updated recommendations on energy efficiency,” says Paul Torcellini, project committee chair. “Additionally, it provides guidance for on-site renewable energy generation and establishes a set of energy performance goals for achieving zero energy. The goals are provided for all ASHRAE climate zones, in both site and source energy.”
How-to tips provide guidance for specialty areas—building and site planning, envelope, daylighting, electric lighting, plug loads, kitchens and food service, water heating, HVAC, and renewable generation. The document provides guidance on how to connect zero energy and teaching and learning.