Introba provided design analytics and climate resilience consulting services for the Fort Collins Zero Net Energy Eco-District in Fort Collins, CO, United States.
Introba (formerly Integral Group) worked with the City of Fort Collins to develop a groundbreaking master plan for a Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water Eco-District encompassing two city blocks. The new City Civic Center, which includes the two blocks of government buildings, embodies and enhances the City’s sustainability values of holistic, sustainable design, supporting a true triple-bottom-line approach, focusing on environmental, economic, and social benefits. In keeping with this goal and the project’s guiding principles, the master plan embraces a regenerative and resilient design approach.
The team designed Fort Collins Civic Center Eco-District for Net Zero Energy operation and with the capacity to be Net Positive, producing enough energy to contribute to the larger “FortZED” district.
One objective was to develop a water balance as close to Net Zero Water as feasible within Colorado water laws’ constraints. This strategy includes domestic water consumption, irrigation, process water, and rainwater. The team identified using a living machine to treat wastewater and stormwater on-site for use in irrigation and toilet flushing as a viable option. In addition, stormwater is managed on-site with appropriate landscaping that mimics a natural hydrology condition.
Zero Net Energy Target
Zero Net Water Target
Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water Eco-District encompassing two city blocks
Sustainability values of holistic design, supporting triple-bottom-line, focusing on environmental, economic, and social benefits
Contribute to the larger “FortZED” district
Living machine to treat wastewater and stormwater on-site for use in irrigation and toilet flushing
Landscaping that mimics a natural hydrology condition