June 28, 2012
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.