Small Scale Wind Turbine Analysis: In collaboration with the Golden Gate Park Conservancy, HNEI has deployed five small scale (1kW) vertical axis wind turbines that are being monitored to evaluate performance for distributed applications. This work, conducted at Crissy Field Center, an environmental education center for youth located in San Francisco includes development of a web-based dashboard that monitors all of the sustainable features of the building: energy flow in and out by end-use, water, comfort and weather.
Energy Neutral Buildings Performance Comparison Study: In collaboration with PROJECT Frog and MKThink, HNEI is deploying and instrumenting several high performance, energy neutral or Net Zero Energy (NZE) buildings on Oahu and Kauai to evaluate their performance in differing environments and different usages. The performance (energy and comfort metrics) of these structures will be compared to standard buildings in Hawaii and used to validate predictive models. This project has been initiated in cooperation with the State of Hawaii Department of Education in an effort to evaluate building performance and to make recommendations for future energy savings and comfort enhancement.
Monitoring and Field Performance Validation: HNEI and the UH School of Architecture’s Environmental Research and Design Laboratory (ERDL) staff have partnered with Forest City Hawaii to instrument, monitor and evaluate energy consumption profiles in housing units and to determine performance of energy efficiency measures in a residential setting.
State of Hawaii Department of Education Facilities Energy Audit and Inventory Study: HNEI is facilitating a pilot project with the State Department of Education to monitor, evaluate and assess specific school facilities using a range of DOE-defined criteria that includes environmental conditions, energy use, comfort and other human factors related to healthy learning environments. HNEI will participate as the administrative lead utilizing the expertise of MK Think as prime contractor. The key deliverable to the DOE will be an analytic model they can use to objectively prioritize building and campus improvement projects using their own sustainability criteria.