Zero Net Energy

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ZNE Multifamily Infographic

ZNE Residential Infographic

Griffin EnerG Consulting approached the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED), Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), and Dominion about educating developers, contractors, and design professionals on zero net energy building principles (Climate Zone 5B) through a series of infographics.

The results of the effort was in the form of interactive, web-capable infographics for both single family homes and multi-family projects.

Certifications

Net Zero Energy is no longer a theoretical idea being pushed by academics. It is here today as a viable approach to new construction and major renovation projects both big and small as shown by the examples below. Certification assessment was provided for the Wynn in Las Vegas, a multi-story 100,000SF + design in the desert. The project was designed to be net zero energy.

Green Globes

Project: Arch|Nexus Sac (Sacramento, CA)

Architect of Record: Architectural Nexus, Inc.

Certification Level: Full

ZNE Approach: On-site Generation

ZNE Status: Verified

David Griffin’s Contribution: Energy modeling, and post occupancy services

David Griffin II's contribution predated founding of Griffin EnerG Consulting

Green Globes

Project: Wynn South Convention Expansion (Las Vegas, NV)

Certification Level: Three Green Globes

ZNE Approach: On/Off-site Generation

ZNE Status: Pending Verification

The most effective way of verifying the status of a zero net energy (ZNE) building is via third party verification. I have had the opportunity to work on the design and operation of several ZNE projects which have been verified by a third party through a certification system. The Living Building Challenge, Green Globes, and the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) zero energy certification are relevant work examples illustrated below.

Holladay, UT

ILFI Zero Energy

Project: Highland Drive

Certification Level: Full

ZNE Approach: On-site Generation

ZNE Status: Verified

Holladay, UT

ILFI Zero Energy

Project: Lincoln Lane

Certification Level: Full

ZNE Approach: On-site Generation

ZNE Status: Verified

Non-Certifications

SLC Fire Station #14 (SLC, UT)

ZNE Approach: On-site Generation

ZNE Status: Post Occupancy Evaluation

US Bureau of Reclamation (Pleasant Grove, UT)

ZNE Approach: On-site Generation

ZNE Status: Post Occupancy Evaluation

SLCo Branch Library (Daybreak, UT)

ZNE Approach: On-site Generation

ZNE Status: ZNE Design

Certification Level: Pending

Architect of Record: Architectural Nexus, Inc.

David Griffin’s Contribution: Energy modeling

David Griffin II’s contribution predated founding of Griffin EnerG Consulting

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) zero net energy building (ZNEB) definition is an alternative path to third party certifications. On multiple occasions, we have had the opportunity to provide feasibility studies and post occupancy evaluation for getting projects to ZNE. The projects above illustrate projects which either explored ZNE and chose not to obtain the status, the owner experienced issues getting to ZNE, or required corrective action post occupancy to obtain the operational goal.

Project Credits

Emma Shipley, Graphic Designer, ZNE Infographics

Shawna Cuan, Project Manager, ZNE Infographics

Joseph Yee, Architect, Arch|Nexus SAC

Frank Moore, Wynn Architect, Wynn South Convention Expansion

Amir Haskic, Owner, Lincoln Lane Residence

Amir Haskic, Owner, Highland Drive

Cameron Scott, SLC CxA, Fire Station 14

Stephen Dundorf, Sustainable Building Design, US Bureau of Reclamation

Architectural Nexus, Architect, SLCo Branch Library