Integrating Modern Solar and HVAC Systems Into Net Zero HVAC Building Designs

July 29, 2015
Session W2B: Solar Heat in Whole Building Systems — Room 105
9:45 am  -  10:45 am

As the design and equipment for solar PV, thermal systems, and HVAC equipment designs have matured and evolved, so too have the expectations for on-site energy production and comfort at passive house and/or Net zero design basis building. Choosing the right mix and design of equipment for different climate areas and energy budgets can be challenging but rewarding when done properly. This session will provide some detailed descriptions of: building energy simulations like Passive House and Polysun; emerging trends in PV and solar thermal system equipment choices; changing design bases for domestic hot water demand and distribution, heating, cooling, ventilation and dehumidification loads associated with net zero based buildings. Attendees will learn about cutting edge solar and HVAC equipment systems and integration concepts along with the simulations that architects use today to achieve their on-site net zero goals. This evolution is revolutionary and should serve as the foundation for every HVAC and building design process today. The presenter will provide details of implementation of these concepts at NetZero Village Phase 1 build out – a 72 unit complex to be completed in June. 65 KW of PV and 12 solar thermal systems coupled with highly efficient cold climate heat pumps and Passive House quality shell design will make this a sustainability standout in the capital district of New York.