Portsmouth, New Hampshire will soon have its first Zero Energy Building (ZEB), Regeneration Park, a commercial building whose goal is to consume zero net energy and emit zero net carbon. This ambitious project has been conceived by Andrew Kellar, founder and owner of Simply Green Biofuels, and when completed, will be an eco-friendly home to like-minded businesses.
Working with Andrew Kellar on the project is Shannon Alther, AIA, principal with TMS Architects, who is excited about the opportunity presented by the project to turn a tired old car dealership into a 21st century multi-use building that will exceed today’s environmental standards.
Even the name of the building, Regeneration Park, grew out of a commitment to reuse as much material from the building as possible. The contractor on the job estimates that approximately 90% of the material by volume has been recycled or reused. Most of the activity has been taking place inside the building at the moment as the goal is to have it move-in ready by September, but eventually the front facade will be transformed with tilting windows, solar panels and landscaped grounds befitting the ecological goals of the project.