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)
The second step includes onsite renewable energy generation.