Using an Energy Performance Based Design-Build Process to Procure a Large Scale Low-Energy Building: Preprint

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This paper will review a procurement, acquisition, and contract process of a large-scale replicable net zero energy (ZEB) office building. The owners developed and implemented an energy performance based design-build process to procure a 220,000 ft2 office building with contractual requirements to meet demand side energy and LEED goals. We will outline the key procurement steps needed to ensureachievement of our energy efficiency and ZEB goals. The development of a clear and comprehensive Request for Proposals (RFP) that includes specific and measurable energy use intensity goals is critical to ensure energy goals are met in a cost effective manner. The RFP includes a contractual requirement to meet an absolute demand side energy use requirement of 25 kBtu/ft2, with specificcalculation methods on what loads are included, how to normalize the energy goal based on increased space efficiency and data center allocation, specific plug loads and schedules, and calculation details on how to account for energy used from the campus hot and chilled water supply. Additional advantages of integrating energy requirements into this procurement process include leveraging thevoluntary incentive program, which is a financial incentive based on how well the owner feels the design-build team is meeting the RFP goals.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2011
EventASHRAE Winter Conference - Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 29 Jan 20112 Feb 2011


ConferenceASHRAE Winter Conference
CityLas Vegas, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-51323


  • demand side energy use
  • high-performance buildings
  • procurement
  • zero energy building


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