Net Zero buildings will use operating systems like computers to save energy

As buildings become more efficient and begin to use distributed electricity generation, they will need to become “smarter,” using operating systems much as a computer does.

October 25, 2012

The Net Zero Cities Symposium held in Colorado included a discussion about how energy use in buildings will change. As buildings become more efficient and begin to use distributed electricity generation, they will need to become “smarter,” using operating systems much as a computer does. Real-time electricity monitoring will allow residents to change their heating and cooling from remote locations. Smart windows will have flexibility based on outside thermal and glare conditions, and may eventually be energy generators themselves.

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