UNT to open Zero Energy Laboratory
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Dallas Business Journal by Matt Joyce
The University of North Texas is set to open its new $1.15 million Zero Energy Laboratory, a 1,200-square-foot facility designed to test technologies for net-zero energy consumption.
UNT will hold a ribbon cutting and open house for the laboratory from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 20, at UNT Discovery Park, 3940 N. Elm St.
Pasadena, Calif.-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. was the architect on the project, and Carrollton-based Nouveau Construction served as the general contractor.
UNT broke ground on the new facility in July. It includes a geothermal heat pump, a radiant heated floor slab, solar panels, a building energy monitoring and control system, a rainwater collection system, a residential-scale wind turbine and an electric vehicle charging station.
The doors, windows, roof and supporting energy efficient equipment are designed to be easily expanded and exchanged so that researchers can analyze new building materials.
The project was funded by higher education assistance funds, university operating funds and donations by Schneider Electric, NuconSteel, Axium Solar, H2Options/BlueScope Water, Benchmark Precision Buildings and Acme Brick.