The World Green Building Council envisions exponential increase in sustainability, setting the ambitious goal of all buildings ‘net zero’ by 2050. Building and construction industries have an important role in climate change mitigation.
Net-zero energy buildings are today’s ultimate green building statement. From the proposed Bride of the Gulf in Basra, Iraq — which will be the tallest building in the world if completed — to Tesla’s gigafactory in Reno, NV, the biggest players in building design and innovation are choosing the net-zero path. But if you set […]
There is much being written about how buildings can be a big part of the solutions to truly sustainable cities and a big part of this claim hinges on their perceived ability to deliver not only net carbon zero or positive outcomes but other essential ecosystem services as well. But how much is pie-in-the-sky and […]
In accordance with Executive Order 13123, government buildings are increasingly being designed to net-zero standards. Dave Pratt, Professional Mechanical Engineer and Certified Energy Manager, will describe the design requirements for net-zero buildings to comply with new government regulations, and highlight examples of compliant buildings and interventions. Costs, savings, lessons learned, building certification and case studies […]
This course is an introduction and overview to the rapidly emerging field of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB). We will compare and contrast the different definitions of a ZEB as well as learn how to carry out zero energy calculations. Additionally, we will overview the strategies used to reach zero energy, renewable energy options, and the […]
ZNE, EO, NZEB, GBRI…Don’t we love acronyms? In the building design and construction industry there is an endless supply of them, and eventually they roll off the tongue of architects, engineers, and construction managers like water rushing downstream after a rainfall. Two of the energy acronyms related to sustainability that are heard more frequently today […]
The financial benefits of green building have been well established. Studies have repeatedly shown green building certification such as LEED and BREEAM lead to lower operating costs, such as reduced utility bills and lower total lifecycle costs.
Sustainability efforts are increasingly common in the commercial real estate industry, with property owners and managers – along with their tenants – placing increased focus on incorporating design features that are environmentally sound while reducing energy consumption over the lifespan of a building.
As we all strive for a better future for ourselves and our loved ones, we must now focus on maintaining a healthy environment. We could all do a little. Even if it is just making an extra trip to the recycle center or kitting out your home with the latest solar power technology, every little helps. […]
What is a Net-Zero Building? Ultimately the chief goal of sustainable building pivots on an extensive system of localized energy production. Not only does this require the harnessing of energy on site, renewables exhibit the prime method of on-site energy development. Net-Zero buildings chiefly rely on solar energy to produce the majority of their power. […]