16 Mar '12, 6pm

Zero Net Energy Buildings Emerging as Market Driver for Solar

Zero Net Energy Buildings Emerging as Market Driver for Solar

The concept of zero net energy buildings and communities—designed to produce as much energy from onsite renewable resources annually as they consume—is gaining momentum across the U.S. in both the residential and commercial sectors. Signs of the increased interest in zero net energy (ZNE) building concepts are everywhere. Last year, TD Bank opened the first ZNE bank, Frito Lay unveiled a “near net zero” manufacturing facility in Arizona, and the University of California Davis completed the first portion of the largest planned ZNE community to date. Recently, Shea Homes, a housing developer, announced plans to make zero net energy or near zero net energy homes the standard offering for all new homes in all ten of their retirement communities. The federal government and military have also been ZNE leaders. As part of Executive Order 13514, the federal government announced a ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2012/03...

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