Zero net energy building cost control and feasibility

Recorded Thursday, May 26, 2016 · available on-demand

Free to view
90 minutes

As a result of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Describe how to put together quick initial estimates for photovoltaic energy production and building energy consumption.
  • Discuss zero net energy building cost control strategies.
  • Explain how to develop an early zero net energy building feasibility study and budget.
  • Identify candidates for zero net energy retrofits.
  • Restate federal zero net energy definitions and goals.
  • Identify utility and federal resources, programs and incentives to achieve zero net energy on your next project.

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Who should attend?
Architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, building owners, developers, project managers, general contractors, energy efficiency specialists, commissioning authorities, and anyone involved in the building design process.

Buildings that produce more energy than they consume, commonly defined as zero net energy buildings, have moved from concept to reality in recent years. Can you achieve zero net energy commercial buildings at little to no cost premium? Join us to find out. You’ve read success stories and seen real-world examples. Now it’s time to take action. We’ll show you how to quickly estimate photovoltaic energy production and building energy consumption; and share cost control strategies including performance based procurement, power purchase agreements, tax credits, incentives and more. Ultimately, this webinar will arm you with the practical information and resources you need to develop an early zero net energy building feasibly study and budget.

Course outline

Review market drivers for zero net energy buildings

Estimating energy production (focus on photovoltaic)

Estimating energy use

  • New construction
  • Retrofit

Source energy adjustments

Cost control strategies

  • Performance-based procurement (Resource: ASHRAE Journal article)
  • Incentives
    • ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas
    • Federal tax credits
    • Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
  • Power purchase agreements and other financing methods

Innovative construction strategies

ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering

Building Energy Efficiency
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering provides technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage design teams and building owners to surpass standard practices and exceed energy code requirements. The best time to identify high performance building design strategies and technologies is at the beginning of the design process. Applications must be submitted early in design to qualify for the program (pre-design or schematic design is best).

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Funds are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded by ComEd customers in compliance with state law.