LEED


LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

Comfortable, Resilient Net-Zero Buildings Aren’t Just Residential

Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center achieved zero net energy building status due to its passive solar orientation, high levels of insulation, airtight envelope and triple glazed windows. The building also includes air source heat pumps, and a 118-kW rooftop solar array capable of generating more than enough energy to meet the center’s needs on an […]

Energy Modeling with the Latest Update to ASHRAE’s Standards

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has implemented a new update that will ultimately make energy modeling simpler, says Chris Schaffner, instructor for HeatSpring’s Energy Modeling in eQUEST course.

ASHRAE’s standard 90.1, which covers energy codes, updates every few years–along with the rest of the standards. The 2016 version, just now being […]

February 6th, 2020|Categories: Building Science, LEED, Passive House, Sustainable Building, Uncategorized||

More Cities and Towns Calling for Energy Modeling to Address Climate Change

With the federal government’s lack of movement on climate change, more cities and towns are stepping up and focusing on ways to address climate change, says Chris Schaffner, instructor for HeatSpring’s Energy Modeling in eQUEST course.

That means that the demand for energy modeling has increased because modeling allows users to analyze the climate impacts of […]

January 31st, 2020|Categories: Building Science, LEED, Passive House, Sustainable Building||

Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality in Buildings Using Modeling Software

No longer is energy consumption the primary basis for modeling solar projects, says Christopher Schaffner, instructor of HeatSpring’s Energy Modeling in EQuest course. More and more, the focus is on modeling carbon neutrality.

Certain sources of energy have a lower carbon impact, and modeling software can track this impact, says Schaffner, founder of The Green Engineer. […]

February 7th, 2019|Categories: Building Science, Green Building, LEED, Sustainable Building, Zero Net Energy Buildings||

With 700 Percent Net-Zero Building Growth Since 2010, You Can Use Energy Modeling Software to Jump on the Bandwagon

The idea of net-zero buildings has been around for years as an alternative to traditional buildings, which now consume about 40% of total fossil fuel energy in the US and the European Union.

However, recently, net-zero buildings have become more popular, says Christopher Schaffner, instructor of HeatSpring’s Energy Modeling in EQuest course. These structures return to […]

January 29th, 2019|Categories: Building Science, Green Building, LEED, Sustainable Building, Zero Net Energy Buildings||