Net Zero Future

"Net Zero Future" explores the dynamic field of net-zero (NZ) buildings - buildings that produce as much (or more) energy than they consume. What seemed impossible only a few years ago is a reality today, as more and more NZ buildings come online. Jim Young, a veteran technical expert in energy use in buildings, explores such topics as smart buildings, data analytics, energy-efficient lighting systems, lighting and daylighting controls, energy standards (e.g., ASHRAE 90.1), and renewable energy sources (e.g., photovoltaics, solar hot water). With case studies of successful NZ projects, technical reports, new products and technologies, mobile apps, and more.
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Posted on November 05, 2013 By Jim Young
The Living Building Challenge has released the Net Zero Energy Building Certification to provide clearer definitions regarding what net zero really means and how it is to be achieved. The new certification is a vast improvement over the previously murky standards, says eco pundit Lloyd Alter. “...
Posted on October 28, 2013 By Jim Young
The Packard Foundation’s 49,000-sf headquarters recently achieved Net Zero Energy Certification through the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), making it the largest such building in the world. The Los Altos, Calif., structure generated more than enough electricity to meet its needs...
Posted on October 21, 2013 By Jim Young
University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI) building in Australia showcases on-site solar energy sources, biomimicry-based design features, and the first structural use of low-carbon concrete in the country. Designed by Hassell, this A$32 million research and learning facility is one...
Posted on October 14, 2013 By Jim Young
The Craftsbury (Vermont) Outdoor Center has broken ground on a new activity lodge and fitness center. An energy modeling computer simulation was used to optimize solar orientation, insulation values, and the form of the building. Scheduled to open in May 2014, the net-zero facility will replace the...
Posted on October 07, 2013 By Jim Young
The new East Bay MET School in Newport will be the first net-zero public high school in Rhode Island. The school will employ a geothermal system to heat and cool a portion of the building. Other energy-saving measures will include LED lighting, room occupancy sensors, an energy-efficient elevator...
Posted on September 30, 2013 By Jim Young
The Outagamie County Regional Airport’s new 8,000 sf general aviation terminal was designed to achieve net zero. Located in Appleton, Wis., the structure incorporates high efficiency systems such as radiant floor heating,a 50kW photovoltaic system on the terminal roof, a 12-panel solar heating...
Posted on September 23, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Queens, N.Y.-based beverage distributor Big Geyser’s energy efficiency retrofit project and rooftop solar array installation have positioned the company’s facility to achieve net-zero...
Posted on September 16, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Passive solar strategies and an enhanced envelope are keys to achieving net-zero on the new 230,000 sf Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering building at the University of...
Posted on September 11, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   A new design for Jinshui Science and Technology Park in Zhengzhou, China is aiming for a zero-carbon footprint. The plan calls for nine towers of 13 or 11 stories with each having a...
Posted on September 03, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.     After a two year renovation, the 95-year-old Wayne S. Aspinall Federal Building and Courthouse in Grand Junction, Colo., is being evaluated for LEED Platinum status and may become the...