During the last two decades, concepts, policies, and regulations regarding sustainable design, green buildings, and energy reduction programs have been introduced by the private and public sectors with the goal of further reducing building energy use and the depletion of natural resources, without increasing operating costs or compromising indoor and outdoor environmental air quality.

Introduced in 2005 by US DOE, the “net-zero energy building” (NZEB) is a residential or commercial building with greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains, such that the balance of energy needs can be supplied with renewable technologies.”

For more in depth information, please refer to our Setty White Paper, “Toward Fully Functional Net-Zero-Energy Buildings: An Engineering Perspective.” This article was to provide guidance to those who are now attempting to balance the tension between providing for the functional needs of the occupants and owners, and conserving natural resources through the location, siting, design and operations of buildings.

NET ZERO PROJECT EXPERIENCE

DC Government
Department of General Services

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) + Net Zero Study

Washington, DC

Urban Green Net Zero Home

MEP Design + Construction Administration

MT. Rainier, MD

DCPS: New Ballou High School

Combined Heating + PV System 

+ Power Central Plant (CHP) Design

+ Net-Zero Facility

Washington, DC