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Net Zero Buildings
What is a Net Zero Building?

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.


How Do You Create a Net Zero Building?

 

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.

 

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Why is Now the Best Time for Net Zero?

  • Advanced technology is more controllable, reliable and longer lasting - LEDs, VFDs, condensing boilers, magnetic chillers etc.
  • Better standards and codes allow for more  safety and efficiency
  • Analytical engineering based on big data ensures the accurate right sizing of each building
  • Government incentives, including tax credits and deductions

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