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Taitem provided full design and construction phase services for the conversion of the existing student housing to net zero energy, which included design for a new high-efficiency HVAC system and performance specifications for solar PV.


Taitem also provided energy consulting services to support the net zero energy design and the university’s REV Campus Challenge. This included energy modeling, support in the development of schematic design net zero energy solution packages, support for design teams with construction phase review and verification, ventilation airflow testing, blower door testing, and will support the one-year post-occupancy energy usage analysis.  

Syracuse University Net Zero Living Lab

The Net Zero Living Lab is a retrofit demonstration project, bringing an 8-unit dormitory on the Syracuse University campus net zero energy use. The project prioritized developing replicable approaches to reducing emissions through electrification retrofits.


The project was supported by a $1.39 million grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) REV Campus Communities Energy to Lead program and $200,000 from the Syracuse University Climate Action Plan. The research conducted as part of the “living lab” spanned the entire scope of the project, from evaluating the existing building, modeling energy and costs, installing retrofit systems, and evaluating energy use to collecting post-occupancy data.

Winding Ridge Road, Syracuse, NY

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