About ZØE Lab

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The Zero Energy (ZØE) Research Laboratory is a unique kind of building in Texas – designed specifically to test and demonstrate various alternative energy generation technologies in order to achieve a net-zero consumption of energy. The Net-zero energy philosophy is based on a combination of different renewable energy technologies in a building, such as solar, geothermal and wind systems, which leads to produce enough energy to power a building and in many cases even create excess energy to return back to the power grid and thus the net energy consumption over a period or year becomes zero.

The 1,200 square-foot facility will give UNT students a real-world training and research opportunities on the growing sustainable and renewable energy sector.

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Vision and Mission

The Zero Energy Research laboratory at the University of North Texas will be one of the very few places for worldwide students to get hands-on experience on the green building technologies that will power the future. This facility will be a great resource for UNT students, researchers and other industry partners to conduct multi-faceted research program in Renewable Energy, Energy Conservation and sustainability design.

As ZØE is a research laboratory, there are vast opportunities for the researcher to conduct their research on diverse sectors.  The mission of ZØE is to convey all the facilities for a researcher & generate a path to develop the renewable energy sector for sustainable, cost effective, comfortable building applications

ZØE at a Glance

  • 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)

ZOE 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