10/01/2013

Largest Net Zero Certified Building Shares Energy-Efficient Features

DPR Construction pushes energy solutions at its regional office

 

In less than 10 months the team working on this project researched, designed, permitted, and renovated this 16,553-square-foot facility into a highly efficient, modern workplace.

From a vacant eyesore to the largest net zero energy building in the world, this Phoenix facility’s features are remarkable, yet attainable for desert dwellers looking to retrofit their building with more energy-efficient features.

The LEED-NC Platinum facility is the new regional office of DPR Construction, designed by SmithGroupJJR. Features include:

  • An 87-foot solar chimney enables a passive cooling system, releasing hot air out of the building while drawing cooler air in.
  • Nearly 90 operable windows throughout the building work in tandem with the energy monitoring system to open and close based on indoor and outdoor temperatures.
  • 82 solar optical tubular daylighting devices harness light from rooftop domes and bring it into the workspace, nearly eliminating the need for artificial lighting.
  • A “vampire” switch cuts off 90% of plug loads, which would otherwise continue to draw power at night when the building is unoccupied.
  • Four evaporative shower towers direct water-cooled air inside, also helping to regulate building temperatures.
  • A 78.96 kW photovoltaic-covered canopy covers half of the parking lot, generating enough power to offset the building’s annual energy needs (estimated at 135,000 kWh). The solar array moved the building from net-zero to grid-positive last year by generating more than 140,000 kWh.

The facility received official certification as a Net Zero Energy Building by the International Living Future Institute.

To achieve to achieve this certification, a facility must demonstrate a net energy consumption of zero over the span of one year.

 

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Need portable cooling?

Rent or buy spot coolers from full-service locations nationwide. On call “24/7”. Primary, supplemental or emergency cooling. Atlas Sales & Rentals, Inc., or call (800) 972-6600.

Click here for more info


Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

Yaskawa drives offer quality performance for air handlers and cooling towers on the roof to secondary chilled water pumps in the basement

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


 
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