To design a zero energy building, the project type must first be considered. Schools, offices, districts, and communities all have unique energy goals that require different design solutions. Asking questions like these will help determine critical features of the design and build.
- How will the building be used?
- What time of day will it primarily be used?
- What is the surrounding environment like?
- Are there design features that need to be incorporated?
Schools, offices, districts, and communities all pose their own challenges in achieving zero energy. Each of the following pages details specific requirements and considerations that go into designing various types of zero energy buildings.