08 Jan '13, 12pm

How to create a net-zero office

How to create a net-zero office

For homebuilders, the latest iteration of the green building movement are net-zero homes. These structures generate as much energy as they consume and have very small carbon footprints. Improvements in technology have now made net-zero homes a viable option for many homeowners. But the success of net zero homes begs the question: Can you create a net-zero office? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" Of course, many offices do present more challenges than a typical home, but there are clearly ways to improve their sustainability even if net-zero status cannot be fully achieved. There are two parts to the net-zero equation: 1. Energy Consumption : The first order of business is to reduce the energy that your facility uses. The obvious candidates for energy savings also apply to homes: efficient lighting, insulation, programmable thermostats and Low-E windows. For offices, there...

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