Net zero station design for the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning in Tucson, Arizona

A. Al-Hashim, L. Spiric, N. Chalfoun, C. Moeller

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Abstract

Many old buildings in Tucson were built in the pre-energy code era, have poor performance, and consume immense amounts of energy. By optimizing performance of these buildings, energy consumption is reduced while also presenting the opportunity for the buildings to be converted into an energy generating stations. This research project focuses on promoting environmental awareness by ensuring that the reader acquires relevant conceptual tools and skills to address climate changes and reduce air pollution through wise choices in the built environment. To accomplish this goal, an existing structure at the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning in Tucson, Arizona was re-designed into a Net-Zero energy building. This paper describes the process of design and evaluation of the performance of two of the old buildings at Cooper Center site and how they could be converted into Net-Zero stations that supply the whole campus with energy. The process was divided into two stages; Pre-Net-Zero and Net-Zero. After designing passive strategies for the existing cabins on-site, it was found that the required energy is approx 29,282 kW/hr, which can be produced by adding a 58 PV panel shade structure on the Net-Zero station.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEcosystems and Sustainable Development IX
EditorsCarlos A. Brebbia, Anca M. Marinov
PublisherWITPress
Pages191-201
Number of pages11
Volume175
ISBN (Electronic)9781845647261
ISBN (Print)9781845647261
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
Event9th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, ECOSUD 2013 - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: Jun 18 2013Jun 20 2013

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development, ECOSUD 2013
CountryRomania
CityBucharest
Period6/18/136/20/13

Keywords

  • Energy generating
  • Net zero station
  • Passive strategies
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)

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    Al-Hashim, A., Spiric, L., Chalfoun, N., & Moeller, C. (2013). Net zero station design for the Cooper Center for Environmental Learning in Tucson, Arizona. In C. A. Brebbia, & A. M. Marinov (Eds.), Ecosystems and Sustainable Development IX (Vol. 175, pp. 191-201). WITPress. https://doi.org/10.2495/ECO130161