23 Jun '12, 2am

In Focus: Net Zero Building

In Focus: Net Zero Building

Commercial and industrial facilities throughout the United States account for 40% of all energy use. That said, as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 , it’ll be required that all federal buildings become net zero energy consumption by 2030 – and all commercial buildings by 2050. But, what exactly does “net zero” consumption imply? Though there are variations of this phrase, the most widely accepted definition is as so: net zero indicates that a building has generated at least as much power as it has consumed over a 12-month benchmarking period – which is the standard benchmark given that it factors in seasonal variants. Several experts have chimed in to discuss how an existing facility can make retrofits when undertaking a net zero project, how to begin a from-the-ground-up initiative, and discuss whether the idea on a wide-scale is, in fact, possible...

Full article: http://www.solarfeeds.com/in-focus-net-zero-building/

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