We are excited to join New Buildings Institute for Net Zero Buildings Week, spreading the word about #netzero #buildings and the people behind them.
Kicking things off with the first Net Zero energy existing commercial building in Washington, DC - The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Headquarters. AGU is an international non-profit scientific association with 60,000 members in 137 countries dedicated to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. This full-building renovation transformed the 5-story, 87,780 gross square foot space into a state-of-the-art work environment that facilitates internal collaboration and showcases AGU’s contributions to Earth and space sciences.
Our team evaluated thirty-five independent Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs), in an effort to reach AGU’s goal of becoming the first, existing commercial building in Washington, DC to achieve “net zero”. Ultimately, a bundle of roughly twenty-three strategies were recommended to be included in the project’s Schematic Design, based on each strategy’s anticipated contribution to energy and water savings, waste and carbon reduction, human comfort, and employee health and well-being.
Some of the more innovative solutions include municipal waste heat recovery, photovoltaic (PV) array, radiant ceiling systems, DC current ceiling grids, and hydroponic phytoremediation air filtration and treatment.
If you are interested in learning more, the American Geophysical Union offers tours of the building.
We also offer a webinar “Net-Zero Energy Design: AGU Case Study” which focuses on a methodology and approach to urban renovation projects seeking to achieve a ‘Net Zero Energy’ or ‘Positive Energy’ result. Message us for more information. (form at end of page)