Zero+ Toolkit Overview
The goal of developing the “Zero+ Toolkit” is to provide a means to easily conduct performance analysis for energy and water in the early phase of design, to determine the performance potential of strategic sets or “bundles” of strategies, and to quickly measure the related performance metrics. The desired outcome of the toolkit is to empower the designer (student, CPPM staff, and design teams) by providing user-friendly tools in the earliest stages of design.
The Zero+ Toolkit includes three tool resources that are under development:
- “Zero+ Shoebox Model Maker”: A Zero+ SketchUp plugin for modeling.
- “Zero+ Calculator”: An Excel spreadsheet calculator that tailors the assessments to use UMN operations data (e.g. energy and water costs, fuel sources, carbon emissions, etc.).
- “Zero+ Design Analysis Tool” Prototype: An integrated SketchUp/Excel/Integrated Environmental Systems VE (IES VE) analysis tool prototype that can compare the performance of a simple “baseline model” to “bundles of design strategies” for as many as three design proposals (under development).