Zero Energy on a Shoe-String Budget

There is a $400 billion demand for energy to power our buildings each year. But, 30% of that energy is wasted, resources are dwindling, and a shift has begun in the way we design and construct buildings.

Schools alone spend $6 billion a year in energy costs – second only to teacher salaries, in terms of expenditures. Forty percent of global energy use is attributed to the built environment, and school facilities are ideal candidates for reducing our energy footprint. Until recently, high-performance, zero-energy designs have meant a 30% to 40% construction premium. However, strategies are being implemented that reduce those premiums to 5%, with a return on investment of 6 years or less.

This presentation will present lessons learned on a case study of Florida's first zero-energy school, which is expected to save the school district of Osceola County, Florida over $115,000 annually on energy costs and was constructed within the state-mandated budget.

Attendees will learn how to champion the zero-energy project effort by leading stakeholders through early key goal-setting exercises, how to choose the right A/E and construction teams, how and when to utilize energy models and trade-off methodologies for decision making, and ensure the right sequencing and quality control is utilized throughout the construction process to achieve success. These are real-world details and strategies that demonstrably will reduce energy use and help school officials make the next small step toward energy independence and reduce operating costs with projects that meet budget and schedule expectations.

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM
18 August 2020


Philip Donovan
AIA, Project Architect on NeoCity Academy, and Principal, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Marc Clinch
Chief Facilities Officer School District of Osceola County