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One of the Best Performing Buildings in the Northwest

14 February 2012 | Posted By Sarah Lazzaro 2,355 views No Comment

This post originally appeared in New Buildings Institute’s ZNE Newsletter.

Rice Fergus Miller Zero-Energy Capable Building | Bremerton, WA

With an Energy Use Intensity (EUI) in the low 20′s, the Rice Fergus Miller Office and Studio is one of the best performing buildings in the Northwest. Certified as LEED Platinum, the existing building retrofit was originally a rundown former Sears Auto Center that had been vacant for nearly a quarter century. This project is considered by New Buildings Institute to be a great example of a Zero Energy Capable (ZEC) building, meaning that the EUI is low enough, and there is sufficient room for more PV’s so the project can get to net zero. Although the project has a goal of reaching net zero, the building currently features a modest solar array that generates 7-8% of the project’s annual energy need. The project features a 70% reduction over CBECS 2003, uses passive design strategies, and employed energy modeling and analysis early in the design process to determine what was required to meet their energy goals. The answer was a super-insulated building with energy recovery and natural ventilation. The project features an HVAC system with Variable Refrigerant Flow heat pump and a direct digital control system that monitors and records all basic energy end uses with 10-minute data collection, logging and feedback. Individual monitoring is done for lighting, HVAC, plug loads, hot water, rainwater pumping, IT server rooms and solar PV’s.

For More Information: Visit the Rice Fergus Miller website

NOTE: As part of NBI’s collaboration with NEEA’s BetterBricks, the Puget Sound Integrated Design Lab worked with Ecotope on the recommendations on envelope, glazing, lighting system integration, daylighting and shading.

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