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Using Building Energy Modeling to Work Toward Zero Energy Status

Approximately 48 percent of energy in the U.S. goes to residential and commercial buildings. For most properties, energy use is the top operating expense; it’s common to see an average of one-third of a typical operating budget being spent on energy consumption. Thankfully, there are ways around this. Commercial building and business owners can reduce operating expenses and work toward zero energy status by becoming more energy efficient, thus increasing... Read More

Renewable Energy Applications for a Zero Energy Building

A zero energy building, also referred to as “net zero energy” or “zero net energy,” is one with zero net energy consumption. What does that really mean? Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new common definition for a zero energy building and is now defined as “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.”... Read More

Sustainable Engineering: Energy Modeling

Sustainable engineering utilizes energy modeling, or the virtual simulation of a building that focuses on energy consumption, utility bills and life cycle costs of various energy related items such as air conditioning, lights and hot water. It is also used to evaluate the payback of green energy solutions like solar panels and photovoltaics, wind turbines and high efficiency appliances.Determining a building’s energy use is not always an intuitive... Read More