Energy Efficient Design’s Role in Net-Zero Buildings- Brentwood Apartments

Energy Efficient Design’s Role in Net-Zero Buildings- Brentwood Apartments

An emerging option when attempting to tackle carbon emissions while cutting operational costs on the commercial, residential and industrial level is Net-Zero Energy construction. Net-Zero Energy (NZE) buildings can come in all forms, as the only criteria in a building becoming Net-Zero is that they create as much energy as they consume. This requires an on-site renewable energy generation system,…read more →

Recreation Centre Energy Audit Reveals Major Cost Savings

Recreation Centre Energy Audit Reveals Major Cost Savings

There has been significant chatter lately about the province’s upcoming energy efficiency programs, and the way in which they will work to cut emissions and save people money on their utility bills. But without a clear plan demonstrated, it can be a challenge to conceptualize the process in which these rebates and subsidies will work to reflect the goal of…read more →

University of Alberta Retrofit Saves Money by Adding Value to Old Greenhouse

University of Alberta Retrofit Saves Money by Adding Value to Old Greenhouse

The construction industry is currently experiencing a colossal shift. Buildings that were once considered opulent are now considered excessive, and buildings that were once reveled for their size, extravagance, and complexity are now discouraged due to their wastefulness. This is evident in many retrofits that have occurred throughout North America, which have illustrated a demand to downsize energy consumption, in…read more →

NECB 2011: A Cost Perspective

The Province of Alberta will adopt the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB-2011) on November 01, 2015, making the code the driver of building design and construction. Compliance will be achieved through three paths: the Prescriptive Path; the Trade-off Path; and, the Performance Path. The code sets high energy efficiency targets, a move that is great for sustainability….read more →

NECB 2011 becomes Alberta Code November 1

With one sentence the Alberta’s Safety Codes Act Building Code Regulation changes the way design professionals design and construct buildings in Alberta. In Alberta Regulation 31/2015 it states that “The National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011, published by the National Research Council of Canada, is declared “in force” with respect to buildings” This new law of the land will…read more →

Vital Engineering Appoints Mechanical Engineering Operations Manager

It is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to announce the appointment of Gordon Hussell P.L.(Eng.), RET, LEED AP BD+C to the position of Mechanical Engineering Operations Manager at our sister company, Vital Engineering. With 34 years of professional experience under his belt, Gordon has compiled an impressive portfolio of mechanical engineering projects. Seventeen of those years have…read more →

Tunnelling Through the Cost Barrier

An energy modeller’s secret weapon is to be able to tunnel through the cost barrier by using an arsenal of software tools. With integrated design, you can implement energy conservation strategies that not only increase energy efficiency, but reduce the building loads and ultimately reduces the HVAC system, saves costs and increases building performance. When implementing sustainable strategies to a…read more →

Maximizing ROI for Net Zero Homes

Building Performance Analysis is used to balance energy efficiency upgrades with financial costs in order to meet net zero requirements or maximize return on investment. These energy conservation measures are simulated in an energy modeling software to ensure occupant comfort while optimizing energy usage. The following technologies can yield high financial returns and marketability to a home when properly implemented into a home….read more →

Conceptual Design to Meet Net Zero Requirements

Building codes are setting the standards higher every year and building owners are demanding buildings to meet certain performance requirements such as net zero energy. These performance requirements are getting harder to achieve and the solutions can be difficult to implement during the design development phases, when the cost of change is high. By integrating energy modeling methodologies early in…read more →

Big Data for Zero Energy Design

In today’s fast paced world, data has become part of our lives and now drives many of the technological innovations. The problems we are faced with today are getting very complex and interconnected – sometimes very difficult or impossible to solve using analog means. The web-based industry is leading the way with data analytics to optimize processes and creating algorithms…read more →