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A. Hunter Fanney
Senior Research Scientist, Energy and Environment Division
Engineering Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Net-Zero Team Honored with Department of Commerce Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award

Susan Cantilli, Mark Davis, Brian Dougherty, A. Hunter Fanney, Daniel Gilmore, William Healy, Robert Hellmuth, Joshua Kneifel, Farhad Omar, William V. Payne were honored April 24, 2013, with the Department of Commerce’s “Lean, Clean, and Green Award.” The team was recognized for exemplary contributions that resulted in the Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility.

After its proposal resulted in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Funding for this project, the team immediately sought the advice of leading energy efficiency practitioners at NIST and elsewhere. It developed a list of current technologies and envisioned future energy-efficient technologies for which a test bed would be needed to develop methods of test and performance metrics. The group worked with an architectural team to fully integrate the test bed capabilities into a residential structure design, and conducted computer simulations to ensure design intent would be achieved. The team’s efforts continued during the preparation of the specification/bid package and during construction, when team members worked closely with the every trade (such as plumbing and electrical) to convey the need for extreme attention to detail. The team’s continuous oversight ensured that the design intent was fully met.

The intense design effort began in July 2010, and the facility was completed in Sept. 2012.

NIST team receiving Department of Commerce’s 2013 Lean, Clean, and Green Award. The recipients of this Energy and Environmental Stewardship Award are (left to right) are: Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary Ellen Herbst, Susan Cantilli, Mark Davis, Brian Dougherty, A. Hunter Fanney, Daniel Gilmore, Joshua Kneifel, Farhad Omar, Robert Hellmuth, and Michael Szwed. (Not pictured are William Healy and Vance Payne).

2012 Wintergreen Award for Excellence

wintergreen awardContractor Therrien Waddell, Inc. received the 2012 Wintergreen Award for Excellence for the NIST Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility in the category of “Environmental Benefit” from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Maryland Chapter.

More than 250 members of Maryland’s sustainable community attended the Wintergreen Awards to celebrate the winners and to recognize their contribution to market transformation and keeping Maryland a leader in green building. To qualify for a Wintergreen Award, the project or organization must be located in the state of Maryland and be sustainable.

Nominations are judged on a series of sustainable measures including, but not limited to, innovation in sustainable design, environmental impact, social benefit, community involvement, and achievement within green building rating systems.

Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility Receives U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum Certification

In Sept. 2012, the facility earned the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest rating for homes. According to the council, “LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a voluntary, consensus-based, market­-driven program that provides third-party verification of green buildings. From individual buildings and homes, to entire neighborhoods and communities, LEED is transforming the way built environments are designed, constructed, and operated. Comprehensive and flexible, LEED addresses the entire lifecycle of a building.

“Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED provides building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact their building’s performance and bottom line, while providing healthy indoor spaces for a building’s occupants.”

NZERTF Certified to Meet EPA’s Energy Star Guidelines

To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homes achieve this level of performance through a complete package of building science measures including:

  • a complete thermal enclosure system
  • a complete heating and cooling system
  • a complete water management system
  • energy-efficient lighting and appliances

The result is a home with:

  • lower utility bills—ENERGY STAR certified homes save approximately 20% on annual utility bills
  • enhanced performance such as consistent temperatures between and across rooms, better indoor air quality, and more durability through comprehensive water protection, windows that block damaging sunlight, and better grade equipment; and
  • a protected environment—by using less energy to operate, ENERGY STAR certified homes help to prevent air pollution