Gallery: Phoenix Porn Shop Transformed Into the World’s Largest Net-Zer...

 
Who would have thought that the world's largest zero energy building would be a renovated porn shop? Turns out though the former Castle Boutique Megastore in Phoenix had great bones, and it was so well insulated that sustainable construction firm DPR Construction decided to make it their new office. Using passive technologies like operable windows, solar chimneys, shading and daylighting, DPR was able to bring down their energy use so much that they could power the whole office with a 79 kW solar system. In fact the office is the second to be certified in the US as a Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB) from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and the largest building in the world to hold the honor.

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