ZØE Facility

  • Geothermal heat pumps
    1. Water to Water HP                 
      Cooling capacity: 2.33 RT(Refrigeration Tons)
      Heating capacity: 28.2 (MBtu/h)
    2. Water to Air HP
      Cooling capacity: 2.08 RT(Refrigeration Tons)
      Heating capacity: 32.6 (MBtu/h) 
      3. 6 wells of 225 ft depth each

  • Radiant heating/cooling tubes in slab

                   Diagram of cooling and heating pipes

  • Photovoltaic panels

             1. Total System Capacity: 5.6 KW 

             2. Total Module on roof: 24 pieces

                         Solar Panel

  • A building energy monitoring and control system: control system based on more than 90 sensors
  • A rainwater collection system and storage tank: tank capacity is 3,000 gallons
  • Rainwater harvesting/filtration system for portable water
  • Be-Wind - Wind turbine
    1. 8 foot EOW 200 
    2. Rated Power: 3Kw/hr

         Wind Turbine

  • Solar array to provide hot water
  • Energy recovery ventilator
  • Operable windows and solar chimney for passive cooling
  • Structural insulated panels (SIP’s) for walls and roof
  • Low-e insulated glazing with ceramic frit
  • LED lights
  • Day lighting sensors
  • Extensive metering to monitor energy consumption
  • Build conduit for future solar devices
  • Bamboo flooring and millwork
  • Local materials – brick manufactured in Denton – Acme
  • Recycled glass countertop


  • Address: 3920 N. Elm St., Discovery Park Campus
  • Floor area: 1200 square feet
  • Open flexible work/laboratory space and an attached covered loading/work shop area
  • A living quarter with a bathroom & a small kitchen with refrigerator
  • Steel column/beams, brick façade/SIP panels/glass
  • Structural insulated panels (SIP) for walls/roof
  • Centered utility core for easy operation and remodeling
  • Advanced energy efficient cooling and heating systems
  • Sustainability features include bamboo flooring and millwork, local materials, recycled glass countertop and backsplash, rain-harvesting water system, and renewable energy power (solar and wind)

Construction Project Information

  • Architect:  Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
  • Contractor: Nouveau Construction (E&I)
  • In-kind donations from Schneider Electric, NuconSteel, Axium Solar, H2Options/BlueScope Water, Benchmark Precision Buildings and Acme Brick