Flywheel Development Shares Insights on Building DC NZE Buildings

Flywheel Development is a real estate development company in the District of Columbia that builds ultra-low energy properties in urban neighborhoods. We sat down with co-owners Jessica Pitts and John Miller to learn more about how they are redeveloping areas within the District and asked about their perspective on the ultra-low energy building market in … Continue reading Flywheel Development Shares Insights on Building DC NZE Buildings

Fort Detrick’s solar installation offsetting 19,000 metric tons of GHG a year

Fort Detrick, located in Fredrick, Maryland, was one of the first Army pilot installations targeting net-zero energy, water, and waste by 2020. The selection, which was made under the Army Net-Zero Pilot Installation Initiative announced in 2010, empowered the post to explore additional conservation measures, various alternative sources of energy including thermal and solar, and … Continue reading Fort Detrick’s solar installation offsetting 19,000 metric tons of GHG a year

DPR Construction deep energy retrofit digs in on NZE decision making

DPR Construction, a national commercial contractor, has developed four of their own offices as net-zero energy (NZE) properties since 2010. These include two new offices in San Diego and Phoenix, a deep energy retrofit in San Francisco, and most recently a deep energy retrofit of their Reston, Va., office. The Reston building posed a unique … Continue reading DPR Construction deep energy retrofit digs in on NZE decision making

Takoma Village Commons cohousing offers flexibility in design

When residents of Takoma Village Commons, a residential cohousing development in Washington, DC, envisioned their new home, they sought a stable structure that adapts to the flow of varied uses that would surround it. That’s what they got when the property opened during a cold January in 2001. Over the next decade, the buildings continued … Continue reading Takoma Village Commons cohousing offers flexibility in design

DC Developer Uses Passive House to Achieve NZE

When Appendix Z becomes the District of Columbia base energy code in the next decade, all new construction will be required to be designed to net-zero standards. This means all new buildings will use only as much energy as they produce through local renewable energy resources. Developers wanting to differentiate themselves in this highly competitive … Continue reading DC Developer Uses Passive House to Achieve NZE

Appendix Z offers District buildings a path to net-zero energy

The District of Columbia will soon release the latest update of the local energy code for public comment. Typically reviewed and improved every five years, the city’s energy code is one of the most stringent in the country. This latest version has an added feature that offers a voluntary path to net-zero energy (NZE) buildings. … Continue reading Appendix Z offers District buildings a path to net-zero energy

DOEE hosts a Net-Zero Energy workshop in September

The Clean Energy DC Plan’s goals include net-zero energy commercial buildings. Are you prepared? Join fellow design professionals to learn about net-zero energy buildings on September 25th from 8 am – 12:30 pm at the USGBC National Regional Chapter offices (USGBC-NRC 2101 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037). This workshop will outline the processes, technologies, … Continue reading DOEE hosts a Net-Zero Energy workshop in September

AGU net-zero energy renovation to slash building energy use

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) represents 60,000 members in over 130 countries, but nowhere is its work to advance the Earth and space sciences more visible than at the organization’s headquarters near DuPont Circle in Washington, DC. AGU began a renovation of its building this spring to update equipment and materials in its 25-year-old building. … Continue reading AGU net-zero energy renovation to slash building energy use

United Therapeutics Digs Deep for Energy Efficiency

United Therapeutics located in Silver Spring, MD, plans to open a net-zero energy building, the Unisphere, this month. The 125,000-square-foot building contains office spaces, virtual laboratories, retail, and an additional 75,000 square-foot parking structure. To reach the net-zero goal, the building will use 75% less energy than equivalent buildings in the areas and will be … Continue reading United Therapeutics Digs Deep for Energy Efficiency

A 21st Century School: Discovery Elementary

When Arlington County set out to build a new 98,000-square-foot elementary school, which opened in 2015, project managers decided to pursue a net-zero energy (NZE) performance goal. The effort resulted in the largest NZE public school in the United States and serves as a living laboratory for students, faculty and visitors on energy efficiency and … Continue reading A 21st Century School: Discovery Elementary