Net Zero Buildings

156-unit net-zero village complex, Rotterdam, N.Y.

All Go for Green

MDU development recently completed a 156-unit net-zero village complex in Rotterdam, N.Y. The complex uses submetering from Leviton, including its new Load Center, to remotely monitor energy use for each apartment. This allows staff to see comparisons in HVAC and energy usage, and detect variances, which can sometimes point to malfunctioning equipment, or units consuming excess energy. Yet it’s unobtrusive, and as project developer David Bruns points out, the load center is right in plain view. “It’s a great improvement over the stodgy load centers of the past.”

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Scandinavian-inspired style and net-zero-ready design for the Finnish company Vaisala’s new North American headquarters, Louisville, Colo.

Scandinavian Style and High Performance

Supporting OZ Architecture’s Scandinavian-inspired style and net-zero-ready design for the Finnish company Vaisala’s new North American headquarters in Louisville, Colo., are Tubelite curtainwall and window wall systems.Thermally broken aluminum framing, low-E insulated glass and Tubelite’s PTB120 Thermal Pressure Plate supplied by Deceuninck further support the building envelope’s sustainability and energy-efficiency goals. Tubelite’s 400T thermal curtainwall enclose a double-height, daylit atrium and reception area, and 900RW Thermal Window Wall provide views from the offices, training area and conference rooms.Combining Deceuninck’s fiber-reinforced pol

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Net-Zero Fire Station

Helping Salt Lake City’s Fire Station No. 14 become one of the first net-zero fire stations in the country is Tubelite’s 400TU Series Therml=Block curtainwall, T1400 I/O Series multi-pane storefront, operable windows, side entrance doors and INT45 interior framing systems. As part of the city’s larger “Climate Positive 2040” plan, Salt Lake City is seeking net-100% renewable electricity by 2030, and to reduce carbon pollution by 80% by the year 2040. According to Tubelite, the energy-efficient thermal performance and condensation resistance, indoor air quality and natural ventilation, daylight and views delivered by these projects also contribute to the physical

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Plaza Verde—University of California Irvine

Exterior Lighting Aids Net-Zero Effort

Plaza Verde is a housing complex on the University of California Irvine (UCI) campus. KTGY Architecture + Planning was commissioned to design the complex to connect east campus housing with the main institutional buildings.Illuminating the way are Luminis’ Lumistik CL821 columns. “Security—real and perceived—is always a key consideration for undergraduate student housing,” said Benjamin Kasdan, associate principal at KTGY. “The goal is to ensure the resident students feel safe, but also to reassure their parents.”To this end, transparency is an intentional design element, inside the buildings and out. All structures have breezeways on the main floors

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SolarZone

Shaded Charging Station

Imagine a comfortable, shaded oasis where you can relax while charging your mobile devices and laptops. A standalone solar shade and charging structure, each SolarZone includes four wireless chargers and four outlets for mobile device and laptop charging. With its LSX Modules, one has unlimited charging ability when the sun is shining. When the sun goes down, the SolarZone has enough battery storage for eight hours of laptop charging, four hours of wireless mobile device charging and can keep the lights on for more than eight hours. The integrated LED lighting makes it a great place to hang out into the evening and the lights can be programmed to turn on and off automatically based on whatev

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