A Net Zero building is one that produces as much energy as it consumes within a year. Net zero energy buildings are designed to maximize energy efficiency. Any remaining energy needs are typically met using on-site renewable energy technology, like geothermal and photovoltaic. Understand that there is no such thing as a zero energy building - every building uses energy, but Net Zero Building create the same amount as they consume.
FIRST | Maximize Energy Efficiency
Increase energy conservation measures through the use of LED lighting, variable frequency drives, improved indoor air quality, central chilled water plants, water cooling instead of air cooling, and an engineer experienced in net zero buildings.
THEN | Add Renewable Energy Alternatives
Implement the right size renewable energy alternatives like geothermal and photovoltaic (solar). Photovoltaic uses power from the sun and geothermal utilizes the heat from beneath the Earth's surface to produce renewable, sustainable energy.
Why is Now the Best Time for Net Zero?
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