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Title: A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities

Abstract

This guide was developed with partners throughout the United States to demonstrate how implementing district-scale high-performance strategies can be successful and scalable approaches to achieving deep energy savings that increase affordability, improve resilience, reduce emissions, and foster economic development. This document serves as a framework for districts, campuses, and communities, illustrating an iterative process of building support for, planning, and implementing high-performance districts by engaging stakeholders, setting aggressive energy goals, completing technical and financial planning, and implementing a high-performance energy master plan. The information in this guide is based on a 3-year U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy District Accelerator and a range of real-world examples of emerging high-performance districts. It is particularly useful for architects, planners, engineers, local government agencies, and real estate developers in the early phases of planning a district with high-performance or other deep energy goals. For the purposes of this guide, a high-performance district is a multibuilding development that achieves aggressive energy and related goals such as zero energy, carbon neutrality, sustainability, ultra-efficiency, etc. High-performance districts optimize energy efficiency to reduce energy loads and use renewable energy resources to meet the remaining loads whenever possible. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 defines amore » high-performance building as “a building that integrates and optimizes on a life cycle basis all major high-performance attributes, including energy conservation, environment, safety, security, durability, accessibility, cost-benefit, productivity, sustainability, functionality, and operational considerations.” High-performance districts are collections of such buildings that take advantage of the synergies available when energy consumption and production are considered at a district level rather than one building at a time.« less

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. US Department of Energy (USDOE), Washington DC (United States)
  3. Rocky Mountain Institute, Basalt, CO (United States)
  4. Integral Group (United States)
  5. Bluepoint Planning, LLC, Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Energy Efficiency Office. Building Technologies Office
OSTI Identifier:
1734654
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-5500-78495
MainId:32412;UUID:d24f24d7-b8c7-4a5c-82de-cf696302c310;MainAdminID:18941
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; zero energy; district energy; community energy planning; high performance districts; URBANopt; buildings

Citation Formats

Polly, Ben, Pless, Shanti, Houssainy, Sammy, Torcellini, Paul, Livingood, William, Zaleski, Sarah, Jungclaus, Matt, Hootman, Tom, and Craig, Mindy. A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities. United States: N. p., 2020. Web. doi:10.2172/1734654.
Polly, Ben, Pless, Shanti, Houssainy, Sammy, Torcellini, Paul, Livingood, William, Zaleski, Sarah, Jungclaus, Matt, Hootman, Tom, & Craig, Mindy. A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities. United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/1734654
Polly, Ben, Pless, Shanti, Houssainy, Sammy, Torcellini, Paul, Livingood, William, Zaleski, Sarah, Jungclaus, Matt, Hootman, Tom, and Craig, Mindy. 2020. "A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities". United States. https://doi.org/10.2172/1734654. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1734654.
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title = {A Guide to Energy Master Planning of High-Performance Districts and Communities},
author = {Polly, Ben and Pless, Shanti and Houssainy, Sammy and Torcellini, Paul and Livingood, William and Zaleski, Sarah and Jungclaus, Matt and Hootman, Tom and Craig, Mindy},
abstractNote = {This guide was developed with partners throughout the United States to demonstrate how implementing district-scale high-performance strategies can be successful and scalable approaches to achieving deep energy savings that increase affordability, improve resilience, reduce emissions, and foster economic development. This document serves as a framework for districts, campuses, and communities, illustrating an iterative process of building support for, planning, and implementing high-performance districts by engaging stakeholders, setting aggressive energy goals, completing technical and financial planning, and implementing a high-performance energy master plan. The information in this guide is based on a 3-year U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy District Accelerator and a range of real-world examples of emerging high-performance districts. It is particularly useful for architects, planners, engineers, local government agencies, and real estate developers in the early phases of planning a district with high-performance or other deep energy goals. For the purposes of this guide, a high-performance district is a multibuilding development that achieves aggressive energy and related goals such as zero energy, carbon neutrality, sustainability, ultra-efficiency, etc. High-performance districts optimize energy efficiency to reduce energy loads and use renewable energy resources to meet the remaining loads whenever possible. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 defines a high-performance building as “a building that integrates and optimizes on a life cycle basis all major high-performance attributes, including energy conservation, environment, safety, security, durability, accessibility, cost-benefit, productivity, sustainability, functionality, and operational considerations.” High-performance districts are collections of such buildings that take advantage of the synergies available when energy consumption and production are considered at a district level rather than one building at a time.},
doi = {10.2172/1734654},
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place = {United States},
year = {2020},
month = {11}
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