25 Feb '16, 12am

Following a path to #NetZero #sustainblebuildings #sustainablefuture @aiaMiami [email protected]

A net zero energy goal is becoming increasingly realistic, given current and emerging building technologies and design approaches. But even with a well-charted and proven road map, the majority of projects face inherent building constraints that hinder an aggressive pursuit of net zero at scale. Finding the right place Often, the limiting factor to net zero is that the building or building site becomes an unnecessary boundary. Buildings with high energy or water use intensity (e.g., hospitals or data centers), as well as high-rises that lack sufficient space for onsite renewable energy or rainwater collection, are generally identified as poor candidates. In urban areas, projects may not be able to annualize net zero energy production at the meter if utility network grids cannot safely accept back-fed energy generated onsite. Climate, too, can affect a project’s candidacy. ...

Full article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/district-thinking-and-doing...

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