ReWire Senior Energy Technologist Warren Evans discusses Zero Energy (ZE) in commercial buildings and how these grid-integrated buildings are capable of generating as much energy as they consume through advanced efficiency technologies and onsite generation systems such as solar power and geothermal energy. The article was published in the Saratoga Business Journal and focuses on the environmental and economic benefits of ZE projects and how they can provide owners with significant business value through resilience, employee and tenant retention and the ability to enjoy higher rents. Through intelligent design, clean construction and well-planned financing, developers can substantially increase the value of a commercial building with Zero Energy building design techniques.

What are the Benefits of ZE?

Buildings in the U.S. account for up to 40 percent of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, therefore a significant effort is needed to reduce these emissions both for health and safety reasons and to meet the NY Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) goals of 50 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 40 percent reduction in the GHG emissions from 1990 levels.

To help achieve these goals building codes are steadily moving toward ZE supported by taxes and other economic incentives that accrue to developers and builders who use ZE designs. 

ZE Building Construction Benefits include: increased building value (rent, marketing, sale); increased comfort; decreased carbon footprint and lower overall costs (utility, maintenance)

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