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