“We don’t let a building get to schematic design and then bring on energy modelers to analyze performance,” he says. “We have the energy modeler working hand-in-hand with the design team from the start.”
The firm uses proprietary software called NEO (Net Energy Optimizer), which assesses the implications for everything from massing to orientation to material choice. “We can sit with a set of plans with the owner or operator and analyze different bundles of materials, control systems, mechanical systems, glazing. In real time, the software can analyze how that bundle of materials performs against other bundles.”
The next step: proving that zero energy can be affordable. EYP partnered with SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany, N.Y., to adapt a typical spec office building to zero energy (the project is now under construction). The goal is to prove that the design could be scaled and used elsewhere.
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