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Breaking Down Net Zero Building: Guest Post

Breaking Down Net Zero Building: Guest Post

Image 1.1 Zero Energy Building Concept. Source: Pike Research

Net Zero is a term we hear more and more, but many question the true meaning of it. EBS has helped several clients strive for Net Zero Energy Performance – you can read about our successes here.

In a recent article written by Ashley Halligan, an analyst at Software Advice, she spoke with several industry experts to formally define “net zero,” to provide insights for folks considering a retrofit to their current facilities to attempt net zero achievement, tips for those beginning with a ground-up initiative–and they chimed in on whether net zero is truly attainable on a wide-scale basis–or if it’s merely wishful thinking.

In her article, Ashley interviewed Brian Anderson, Founding Partner of Anderson Porter Design, Dru B. Crawley, former Commercial Buildings Team Lead for the Department of Energy and current Director of Building Performance at Bentley Systems, and Blake Bisson, VP of Sales & Marketing at Ekotrope, who shed some light on how to achieve net zero in a new or existing building.

She also included a case study of the food conglomerate McCormick–who recently retrofitted 363,000 square foot food distribution center to become net zero.

Read her full story, Breaking Down Net Zero Building: Reality or Wishful Thinking, here.

2 Responses to “Breaking Down Net Zero Building: Guest Post”

  1. Rollin White says:

    The goal of Net-Zero Energy Building (NZEB) to generate at least the same amount of energy as buildings consume doesn’t solve the problem of how to construct buildings which are completely self sufficient. A more holistic approach is to reach beyond NZEB to Zero Energy Concept Building (ZECB). ZECB is a leap forward ahead of NZEB because Zero Energy Concept Building includes technology to purify waste water and improve indoor air quality by harnessing the power of Mother Nature to replenish these resources. ZECB addresses poor indoor air quality which has been linked to health problems, while at the same time applying natural processes defined as fixed-film ecology for waste water purification. With fixed-film ecology water is used and reused in diverse ways; continuously cycling through nature’s cleansing process through a series of wetland tanks which do double duty by scrubbing the indoor air through the process of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is a natural charge particle technology that makes pollutants heavy causing them to drop out of the air which is the natural method of cleansing indoor air. For more about understanding a definition for ZECB click on this link

  2. Garrett W. Jacobs says:

    Great diagram, helps to prove the same idea of “tunneling through the cost barrier” by Amory & Hunter Lovins.

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