Focus: Energy Efficiency


Net zero energy is the future of facilities

Practices, considerations for an ultra-efficient building

August 3, 2018

Net zero energy may seem out of reach for many building owners and managers, but it’s no longer a niche trend, according to an article from Building Operating management on the FacilitiesNet website.

There are countless sustainability measures that can be implemented to give a building its net zero energy designation. There can be a large upfront investment, but net zero energy buildings cost very little to own and result in significant long-term savings. 

The first step in creating a net zero energy building is to ensure energy efficient building materials, systems and appliances are used in the initial construction process. Examples include:

•LED lighting and movement sensors

•Optimized HVAC system (on average, buildings lose 10 percent of the energy they consume due to faulty HVAC systems)

•Low-flow toilets

•Water-saving faucets

•Drought-resistant landscaping

The second step includes onsite renewable energy generation.

Read the article.

 

 




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