The Value of Zero

We all know the value of zero right?  Nothing?  Nada?  Zilch?

When it comes to energy, zero is actually really valuable.  You may have seen the article we shared in the Saratoga Business Journal a few month ago on Zero Energy Buildings.   This concept – buildings that consume no more energy than they produce – isn’t some futuristic or high cost unattainable approach to real estate.  It’s actually right within our grasp.  When new projects are designed and built, taking just a few deliberate steps can result in an enormous impact.  ReWire looks at advanced efficiency technologies and onsite generation systems such as solar power and geothermal energy to help achieve these results.

Barriers to Zero Energy

So, since it’s relatively simple and should save money, Zero Energy (ZE) Buildings should be all over the place, right?  Unfortunately, in real estate development, energy usage and efficiency is all too often considered a cost center – and a really big one.  Fortunately we’re able to work with developers that take the time to consider how a ZE goal can drive long-term value for their building. Many commercial real estate developers have such significant cost challenges, they don’t look into ZE as a valuable investment.

The Value of ZE Buildings

How valuable?  ZE buildings can provide big returns to developers and landlords, including 3 to 7 % higher occupancy rates, 3.5 percent higher rental rates and 13 percent higher sales prices.  The value of ZE amounts to a 30-50 percent energy and cost reduction savings over the course of a building’s useful lifetime.

That’s the Value of Zero.

ReWire to Exhibit at RPI’s 2019 Future Energy Systems Technology Conference

ReWire Energy will be debuting some of its new Zero Energy products and service offerings at RPI’s 2019 Future Energy Systems Technology Conference. As part of its new initiatives ReWire is developing a Zero Energy software platform (ZEP) that supports a unique digital process. The ZEP software will combine imported energy modeling and ECM data with proprietary data processing and a dynamic modeling engine that can determine optimal renewable energy and energy storage requirements. The ultimate vision for the Zero Energy Platform, is a system with augmented intelligence (AI) that can determine the best electricity source based on time of use, price fluctuations, grid congestion, solar and battery storage availability.

The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2019, and will be held in the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, NY. Major programs of the event will include:

  • Keynote speeches by leaders in the field
  • Parallel oral presentation sessions focusing on new technology
  • A poster and exhibition session with reception

The oral sessions will feature presentations by world-class experts in three areas: Advanced Component Technologies for Electrified TransportationNew Materials and Devices for Solar and Wind Energy, and Offshore Wind and Future Energy Systems. In addition to Center researchers, there will also be invited industry speakers presenting in these sessions. The poster session will showcase the broad research scope of CFES and provide additional opportunities for individual and in-depth technical discussion with Center researchers. CFES industry partners are also invited to exhibit their technology and showcase their collaboration with CFES.

For more information see: 2019 Future Energy Systems Technology Conference