The project is complete and the final report is published. The project demonstrated the potential breakthrough of electric water heating and space conditioning technologies as a pathway to zero net energy.
This project demonstrates the potential of breakthrough electric water heating and space conditioning technologies as a pathway to zero net energy. The project explores the complex, interdependent systems in multifamily buildings and how they work together to achieve zero net energy status for the buildings in a cost-effective manner. Four multifamily buildings, designed to be affordable, are to be evaluated in various stages of design and development. These buildings share a goal of all electric zero net energy construction with 100 percent renewable energy generation, and utilize innovative new heat pump technologies to serve the buildings water heating and/or space conditioning needs.
This project helps developers make more informed zero net energy design decisions which may reduce construction costs for multifamily buildings up to $2,000 per apartment and lower future operating (e.g., energy) costs for building owners and occupants.
Key Project Members
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Association for Energy Affordability
Redwood Energy, LLC
Stone Energy Associates
Abraxas Energy Consulting, LLC
Corporation for Better Housing
MidPen Housing Corp.