Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

U of U Net Zero Renovation of School of Architecture (1970 construction)

The College of Architecture at the University of Utah is undertaking a major initiative to expand and renovate its 1970 building into a Net Zero energy facility.  The 40+ year old building is in need of renovation and the decision to make it a Net Zero building seemed to make a lot of sense for a school of architecture, the only accredited architectural school in the state of Utah.  I recall taking my architectural licensing exams in that building in 1982. The building was starting to look a little worn then.  The Net Zero plan is to maintain the existing exterior and modify the interior with insulation on the roof, inside face of exterior walls, upgraded HVAC system, and attention to more efficient lighting, etc.  The goal is to reduce energy use by 80% and generate all required energy onsite.  The University of Utah should be applauded for their bold decision to go Net Zero.   As technology continues to improve and customer awareness increases regarding how cost effective Net Zero is to implement, more buildings will follow the example offered by the U of U. 

 Please CLICK HERE to learn more about the renovation of the School of Architecture Building at the University of Utah

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