University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning Net Zero Retrofit Study

Working closely with EDA Architects and Carbaugh & Associates, VODA was enlisted by the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning to aid in the analysis phase of their ambitious project to retrofit the existing College’s building to achieve a “net zero” project.

The team spent several weeks analyzing established sustainability metrics. After much deliberation, the team selected the Living Building Challenge, established by the Cascadia chapter of the USGBC, to recommend to the College. The Living Building Challenge is a comprehensive system of measuring sustainability in our built environment, over the life of a project. It not only mandates a net zero energy system, but also a net zero water system, and several other components not found in other sustainability metrics.

VODA worked to analyze the surrounding “neighborhood cluster” of buildings around the CA+P building, factoring them into the goal of becoming a net zero project. Voda was also instrumental in creating the final analysis document for submittal to the College.