Sarasota, FL — The design for Sarasota’s Audubon Nature Center has earned Zero Net Energy Building Certification from the New Buildings Institute (NBI). The announcement was released this week by Michael Carlson, principal of Carlson Studio Architecture. The project was also published in NBI’s 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update and Zero Energy Buildings List. The project will be recognized and honored at the “Getting to Zero National Forum” on April 17-19 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings are ultra-efficient new construction and deep energy retrofit projects that consume only as much energy as they produce from clean, renewable resources.
The Audubon Project completed construction in January 2016, and the project team provided detailed information in addition to a full year of electrical use data to NBI to document the ZNE performance of the building. The design team included Sarasota Audubon, Carlson Studio Architecture, Brilliant Harvest for the Solar System design and installation, Quest Engineering for the Mech/Elect design and Hees and Associates for structural engineering. Roger Landry of ESC LLC, provided Commissioning Services. Willis A. Smith Construction was the Contractor.
The project also achieved LEED Gold Certification in the LEED for New Construction, from the US Green Building Council.
New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization driving better energy performance in commercial buildings. We work collaboratively with industry market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—to promote advanced design practices, innovative technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. We also develop and offer guidance and tools to support the design and construction of energy efficient buildings.
Throughout its 20-year history, NBI has become a trusted and independent resource helping to drive buildings that are better for people and the environment. Our theory of change includes setting a vision and defining a path forward. We then set out to create the research that serves as the basis for tool and policy development necessary to create market change.
Founded in 1997, Carlson Studio Architecture continues to build on its over 20-year reputation as a leader in Sustainable Design in Florida. CSA has recently opened a branch office in Seattle, WA. Michael Carlson, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C has been practicing architecture since 1989, and his firm, Carlson Studio Architecture is a leader in green building design. Since 2003, Michael has held leadership positions in the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).