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Buildings, Show Spur
Focus on Innovation
The articles in this issue share a common theme — innovative solutions to building challenges. A design team working with Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in
Seattle turned a drafty 1970s-era building with outdated electric furnaces
into a modern, energy-efficient center for learning. Eight classrooms were
placed inside the 45 ft tall arched nave while preserving the character of
the old building. The building includes a VRF system, which provides
the school with cooling, a rarity in the Seattle area. However, with longer,
warmer summers now more common in the Northwest, the authors point
out the improved thermal comfort the system provides.
The DOAS/VRF system makes the revamped building 70% more energy
efficient than the former structure, the authors write.
A 1970S-ERA OFFICE BUILDING IN SUNNYVALE, CALIF., was especially
dark, foreboding, and impossible to rent. The developer became intrigued
by the idea that a net zero energy (NZE) renovation could make the building rentable, sustainable, and profitable. The design team was able to retrofit the uninsulated office building into an NZE structure.
The developer now has a business case for future net zero retrofits.
IN CINCINNATI, THE NEW DISTRICT 3 POLICE HEADQUARTERS is the first
police station the city has built in more than 40 years. NZE was not part of
the original request for proposals’ criteria. The design team demonstrated
in their winning proposal that NZE could be delivered within the construction budget. The building is the first NZE police station in the U.S.
Many of the design concepts were new to the Ohio region. Those
included creating a NZE design-build project, net zero storm water on
site, and drastic energy reduction.
A 329 k W solar photovoltaic array provides the building’s renewable
energy. A geothermal HVAC system with 40 geowells was installed,
allowing the earth to be used for thermal storage. The new headquarters
achieved an almost 50% reduction in energy based on ASHRAE/IES
Standard 90.1-2007 guidelines.
Beyond the sustainable design and technology, the building also includes
community gathering space and art.
THE ISSUE ALSO INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF AHR EXPO, a showcase for
innovative products. The Show each year recognizes exceptional new
products with the AHR Expo Innovation Awards.
Enjoy the issue.
High Performing Buildings describes measured performance of
practices and technologies to promote better buildings, presenting
case studies that feature integrated building design practices and
improved operations and maintenance techniques.