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Net-Zero Energy Turning Buildings into Power Plants

Aug 10, 2017


Buildings as Power Plants

Net-positive Energy On The Horizon

Published: July 2017

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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