Can a home be beautiful, powered entirely by solar energy, use sustainable heating and cooling systems and save it’s owners roughly $3,500 a year? Why, yes it can. Just ask Joanne Coons, who built her award winning, single-family, Net Zero Energy Home in 2010. Sustainable Woman Joanne talks Net Zero standards, efficient appliances and goods, her […]
Officially launched in November 2015, the Green Greek Representative Program (GGRP) is a student-run program at the University of Washington working to make the Greek Community a more sustainable place. Working through UW EcoReps and supported by the UW Sustainability office, this newly-created program has already been extremely successful. A sustainable lighting project is estimated to save one […]
Many believe that the future of net-zero energy is already here. At the forefront, the Net-Zero Energy Coalition is not only leading the movement, but also creating what their team refers to as “The Hub,” a place where all-things-Zero-Energy (ZNE) can be discovered. From research, to outreach resources, to case studies. Part of this exemplary resource […]
Building Automation Systems (BAS) specifications are a required piece of any building construction, upgrade or retrofit project.
Learn about Building Automation Systems and Design Specifications for Open Building Systems in Ron Bernstein’s latest course.
Typically developed by a consulting engineer, a good specification can significantly enhance the effectiveness and usability of a project. A bad specification can […]
“What is an Energy Model?”
In this brand new free course, P.E. and LEED Fellow Chris Schaffner explains.
Chris describes a variety of methods for modeling building energy consumption. He starts with simple energy estimating tools of increasing complexity and finally arrives at detailed energy simulations.
A few simple methods are described, and spreadsheets built to use these methods […]