As the world is growing towards a future of sustainability and energy-efficiency, the concept of Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs) is gaining momentum in the architectural industry. These buildings are significant for moving towards a more energy-efficient future, as buildings are the most significant consumer of energy worldwide, totaling up to 40 percent. While many new buildings are being built with energy-efficiency in mind, these improvements can also work with existing buildings.
What Is An NZEB?
While the name may seem a little complicated at first, a net-zero energy building is actually very simple to define; an NZEB is a structure with significantly reduced energy needs and produces as much energy as it consumes. However, this is not an easy task to complete. These buildings require special attention to the way the space is built to ensure that energy consumption is minimized, and systems within the building must be designed so that the building is actually producing energy.
NZEBs offer numerous benefits and advantages for the world and those who work inside the buildings. While the design and construction may be more costly than standard structures, the long-term return on investment makes the energy-efficient buildings a better option. Here are four of the main benefits of NZEBs:
- Increased Value: NZEBs can improve or maintain your competitive advantage against other buildings, improve the value of your property, mitigate market risk, while also promoting the health and well-being of the building occupants.
- Saves Money: The buildings are 60-90 percent over energy efficiency baselines. This means that a project will save money in the long-run over the entire lifecycle of its equipment, as well as in energy and maintenance costs.
- Educational: NZEBs serve as a great way to show the benefits of energy-efficiency to the world. Everyone who is involved during the design, construction, and operations, as well as the occupants working inside the facility, gain valuable knowledge and understanding about energy-efficiencies and the technology used. Also, occupants can make connections and will learn how to limit their own energy use in their personal lives.
- Reduces greenhouse gases: By limiting building’s dependence on fossil fuels, or even eliminating any need for them, NZEBs are creating a more resilient future that benefits us, younger generations, and the world.
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