Groups Design Affordable Net Zero Emissions Office Building

In a new report by HOK, an integrated design team, and The Weidt Group, an energy and daylighting consultant, they have determined it is possible to construct a market-rate net zero emissions Class A commercial office building in today's market as a result of a 10-month virtual design exercise.

Using an integrated design approach, the team calculated that energy efficiency measures accounted for 76 percent of the reduction in the buildings' carbon dioxide emissions, and photovoltaic and solar thermal systems accounted for the rest.

The team selected a potentially developable site in midtown St. Louis, Mo., for the Net Zero Co2urt project for a number of reasons, including climate, low energy costs, and coal as the primary energy source.

Please click here for a full report on the project. Photos of the building design are available, as well.

 

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