« Green
Focus: Energy Efficiency

Net-zero energy buildings no longer a radical concept

April 16, 2019

Today the goal of net-zero energy buildings, districts, and communities is now financially realistic for many project types, sizes, and contexts, according to an article from Building Operating Management on the FacilitiesNet website. 

Increasingly stringent building codes, the decreasing cost of photovoltaics, innovative green financing mechanisms, new frameworks to guide the design process from benchmarking to completion such as Zero Tool, Zero Code, and 2030 Palette, and technologies bringing net-zero buildings into the smart building space, such as fault detection and diagnostics, all make this possible. 

As a result, we are now building not just net-zero energy, but net-zero carbon buildings, and the goal of net-positive isn’t far off. Whatever the details of the mathematical equation (zero or positive, energy or carbon), the most significant lesson learned from a decade of net zero is that the effort doesn’t stop at the ribbon cutting. 

The most important phase in a net-zero energy building starts when people move in. A net-zero energy building is an operational goal in addition to a design and construction framework. Leveraging basic principles of integrated design, advanced technologies such as parametric analysis, and elevating the role of post-occupancy commissioning are key to its success.

Read the article.

See the latest posts on our homepage


Share

Topic Area: Energy Efficiency


Recent Posts
Recent Posts

VA removes vets from facility after finding veteran dead for 4 days


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigation also found other issues at the California Villa home

8/19/2019

Two cancer patients catch rare bugs linked to hospital water supply


Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has sealed off part of the facility

8/19/2019

Healthcare industry major source of harmful emissions


Doctors suggest multi-faceted approach to incorporate environmental sustainability into value assessments in healthcare

8/19/2019

Focus: Energy Efficiency

Four energy-saving design tips for cold climates


In cold climates, heating loads are key

8/19/2019

‘Playbook’ preps Rhode Island healthcare facilities for power outages


'Protecting Patients When Disaster Strikes' describes the before-during-after of a power outage

8/19/2019





Post Comment




FREE
NEWSLETTER

News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.