use is required. With their specialized equipment and high
ventilation needs, it is a challenge to get laboratories to zero
energy, but a few laboratories have already succeeded, such as
the J. Craig Venter Institute’s biological laboratory.
Smart Energy Management Systems: Energy Management
Systems can kill all plug loads when occupants leave, adjust
each room’s temperature using sensors to determine if they
are occupied, adjust internal shades or external louvres to
optimize temperature and lighting, adjust the level of artificial
lighting based on the amount of natural lighting and on the
presence of people in the room.
Zero Energy Construction Costs: It is common that the
energy saving features and photovoltaic systems increase
the cost of construction. However, according to EERE, zero
energy commercial buildings can be built within typical
construction budgets; and even zero energy Habitat for
Humanity homes for low-income families can be built for less
than standard Habitat homes. To achieve these goals in large
projects, Energy Performance Based Procurement guidelines,
based on energy modeling, can be followed.
Return on Investment in Dollars: Even when zero energy
building costs are higher, they will cost less to own, because
the added cost for the energy improvements over and above
the costs of a similar standard building, when rolled into the
mortgage, will lead to a smaller additional monthly mortgage
cost than the savings on energy each month.
Return on Investment in Quality of Life: Another
important return on investment is in quality of life. Zero
energy buildings have fresh filtered air, are draft free, have
even temperatures, and are better lighted and quieter—all of
which improve the health and well-being of the occupants.
The wellbeing of employees is a significant benefit to the
bottom line of owners,
All the technology for zero energy buildings is currently
available and in wide use. Zero energy buildings cost less to
own than similar standard buildings, enhance the quality
Wet lab at the J. Craig Venter Institute, La Jolla Sustainable Laboratory.
Credit: Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing Photographers
of life of the occupants, and are essential
to meeting the world’s climate goals. It is
simple, available, winning technology, whose
time has come.
About Zero Energy Project
The Zero Energy Project is a non-profit
educational organization whose goal is to
help home buyers, builders, designers, and
real estate professionals take meaningful
steps towards radically reducing carbon
emissions and energy bills by creating zero
—Joe Emerson, Founder of the Zero
Energy Project and Bruce Sullivan, Zero
Energy Project Technical Consultant
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