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 August 27, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   A 60-acre solar farm next to the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, Calif., along with a number of sustainable building features, are projected to help the campus produce more energy...
Posted on August 19, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Recent high-profile projects, including stadiums in Brazil for the upcoming World Cup (pictured) and Summer Olympics and a bank headquarters in the U.K., reflect an effort by designers...
Posted on August 12, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   An elementary school on Staten Island will be the first net-zero energy school in New York City and the Northeast. The 68,000 sf, two-story building will serve 444 pre-K through fifth...
Posted on August 06, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   Australia's first carbon neutral office building, featuring a distinctive pixelated façade, recently opened in Melbourne. Designed by Studio 505 Architects, the $6 million, four-floor...
Posted on July 29, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   VIESTE Energy, LLC has teamed up with ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.) to design a national portfolio of net zero data centers. These facilities will be developed in conjunction...
Posted on July 22, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   The progress that 17 U.S. Army installations have made in becoming more energy efficient and environmentally conscious has led the Army to begin expanding its Net Zero program to all...
Posted on July 15, 2013 By Jim Young
Editor's note: This is a sponsored article. All text and images were provided by the sponsor company.   The Swallows Nest cultural center in Taichung, Taiwan employs bioclimatic architectural elements and complex geometry with a goal of being a zero carbon emission structure. Designed by...
Posted on July 08, 2013 By Jim Young
Several tools and strategies that will be keys to achieving net-zero are catching on quickly, according to this column by Ingersoll Rand executives. Among the options are: ·       On-site energy generation using solar, wind and fuel cells. ·    ...
Posted on July 01, 2013 By Jim Young
A proposed high-rise structure in downtown Nashville, Tenn., is designed to meet LEED Platinum standards and the 2030 Challenge's energy-efficiency standards. The 605-foot-tall mixed-use tower, designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, will have a "double-skin facade, integrated...
Posted on June 26, 2013 By Jim Young
Large tech companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Samsung Electronics and Nvidia have plans for ultra-green sustainable campuses in California's Silicon Valley. Apple wants to install enough solar panels and fuel cells to make its new Norman Foster-designed headquarters entirely energy-...