Framework for Design Excellence: Design for Energy
Good design reduces energy use and eliminates dependence on fossil fuels while improving building performance, function, comfort, and enjoyment.
- How can passive design strategies contribute to the project’s performance and form?
- How can the project exceed building code efficiency standards to approach net zero energy and net zero carbon?
- Can the project be powered by clean, renewable energy sources?
- How can the project provide for continuous performance improvements over its lifetime?
- Passive design strategies
- Energy benchmarking and goal-setting
- Eliminating fossil fuels
- Energy modeling
- Net zero energy (NZE) building
- Net zero carbon (NZC) building
- Building grid integration
If you can do only one (or a few) thing(s):
- ZERO CARBON: Reduce building energy use and carbon impact by benchmarking, setting targets, and performing iterative energy modeling throughout the design process.
- RESILIENT: Design all-electric buildings with grid interoperability to take advantage of distributed energy sources.
- EQUITABLE: Design to achieve passive survivability without the use of grid energy. This supports low-income residents by reducing operating costs and providing safety in the event of grid interruption or termination.
- HEALTHY: Transform energy use by promoting renewable energy and embracing building electrification to improve indoor air quality for occupants.