The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act

Achieving zero net energy (ZNE) status can only be accomplished with an on-site alternative energy generation component. But incorporating it into a building remains complex, given challenges with payback considerations, utility net metering issues, and building control systems performance.

There’s a lot of energy — mostly constructive, but some nervous — percolating beneath the mostly placid surface of the zero net energy (ZNE) building movement. It’s still slow to take root, but the inspired concept that envisions pairing aggressive energy conservation techniques with on-site renewable energy to turn energy-devouring beasts into energy-neutral ones may be gathering its second wind.

ZNE advocates appear to be taking stock. They’re trying to chart a course to gre

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