Resource Type: Research and Reports

Net-Zero Energy For Small Office Buildings NZE for Small Office Buildings

Net-Zero Energy For Small Office Buildings

Although nearly 1/3 of US commercial office space is in buildings smaller than 25,000 square feet, net-zero energy(NZE) dialogue and research on small office buildings is hard to come by. Utilizing a comparative study of a standard small office building design and an optimized NZE version, this presentation explores the barriers and opportunities for NZE […]

Thinking in Assemblies: Making Better Material Choices

Thinking in Assemblies: Making Better Material Choices

Assemblies like the wall section are fundamental to how we construct our buildings. Selecting materials has most commonly been driven by performance, cost and aesthetics. In the current transformation in the industry towards environmental and health conscious building practice, the emerging focus for material analysis is on lifecycle assessment, toxicity, and moisture transport as well […]

Spaghetti Carbon Era: Operational & Embodied Carbon

Spaghetti Carbon Era: Operational & Embodied Carbon

Passive House is fundamentally a tool for combating global climate change by reducing carbon emissions; however, as a system, Passive House focuses on reducing operational energy which is only responsible for part of a larger carbon footprint. Without a full accounting we are left asking the question: Have we built a Passive House or a […]

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