Biloxi, MS

Keesler AFB Dormitory Net Zero Energy Study

Scope of Services
Net Zero Energy Study

Keesler Air Force Base is home to many select groups including the 81st Medical Group, the second largest medical center in the Air Force, and the 81st Training Wing (81 TRW) which provides technical training for airmen and women following completion of basic training.

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2RW was contracted to review the design of a new dormitory and identify energy conservation measures (ECMs) to enable the building to achieve higher energy efficiency, with overall performance approaching Net Zero Energy (NZE) operation.

2RW provided a variety of services, including:

  • Analyzed strategies to minimize dormitory heating and cooling loads.
  • Suggested including exterior shading devices designed to reduce solar heat gain during the cooling season.
  • Suggested electrical design improvements included installing high-efficiency interior lighting fixtures with automatic controls and daylight harvesting measures.
  • Once heating and cooling loads were minimized, 2rw reviewed the heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and suggested heat recovery options and water-to-water heat pumps to further minimize energy consumption.
  • Sized a photovoltaic (PV) system to meet the remaining annual energy needs allowing the dormitory to achieve NZE operation. Both groud-mounted and canopy PV systems were recommended.

2RW identified measures to reduce the proposed design’s energy consumption by 64% while entirely eliminating on-site fossil fuel use.

Scope of Services
Net Zero Energy Study

OWNER: United States Air Force


SIZE: 49,698 SF