North Shore Community College Zero Net Energy Building
New construction: North Shore Community College Zero Net Energy Building; RDK Engineers
Location: Danvers, Mass.
Firm name: RDK Engineers
Project type, building type: New construction, school (college, university)
Project duration: 1.5 years
Project completion date: Oct. 28, 2011
Project budget for mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection engineering only: $3 million
Challenges included identifying and intelligently integrating the MEP/FP sustainable systems so that the building could meet the requirements of a zero net energy building. U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver as well as a zero net energy rating for the building are the primary project goals. This facility is noted as being the Commonwealth’s first zero net energy (ZNE) building, meaning that the building will utilize zero net energy consumption and emit zero carbon emissions annually.
Systems integrated included: high-efficiency mechanical systems, 80 geothermal wells for heating and cooling, a roof with mounted photovoltaic panels, and a green roof.