Buildings as Power Plants
Net-positive Energy On The Horizon
Today, some buildings can produce more energy than they use. Spurred by successful net-zero energy projects (also called zero-net), net-positive endeavors demonstrate the possibilities and potential in building design.
The small step from net-zero to net-positive could present a new world for buildings, public utilities and city planners.
Generated power from net-zero energy buildings can often spill over into net positive, then recede. When that surplus energy (typically provided by solar) becomes more common and is maintained, net positive can become a strategy for building owners and operators.
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