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Top options for moving more buildings toward net-zero

Several tools and strategies that will be keys to achieving net-zero are catching on quickly, according to this column by Ingersoll Rand executives.

July 08, 2013 |
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.

·       Expanded capabilities of building-modeling software allowing easier analysis of the long-term impact of choosing high-performance building alternatives during design and construction.

·       Building automation systems that automatically perform efficiency tasks that used to require human intervention.

·       Commissioning, re-commissioning, and continuous-commissioning strategies.

Implementation of these tools and policies yield lower lifecycle costs, a smaller environmental footprint, and—more studies indicate—healthier and more productive workplaces and living spaces. These results will drive more and more owners to take big strides along the path to net-zero.


Jim Young | Net Zero Future

About the Author: A seasoned industry leader, Young combines deep understanding of both lighting and controls.  Currently VP of Sales and Marketing for WattStopper, Young formerly served in a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands®, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the company's specialty lighting group.  He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in planning and energy management. 

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