Net Zero Buildings: Moving from Theory to Reality
The role of radiant heating and cooling in net zero building progress
The concept of “net zero building,” a building which produces as much energy as it uses over the course of a year, in recent years is becoming more of a reality than simply theory. Although currently there are only a small number of highly efficient buildings that meet the criteria to be considered a net zero building, creating net zero buildings is becoming more and more feasible.
One of the biggest hurdles is education. Architects, engineers and contractors need to realize that net zero buildings are achievable—and they don’t need to be limited to high-profile, showcase buildings. The net zero concept can and should be considered for ordinary office buildings and commercial spaces, as well as residential.
This paper discusses how radiant heating and cooling can figure into a net zero building design. The main strategy a building can take to achieve net zero is simply by reducing the amount of energy that is spent on conditioning the space.
Title: Net Zero Buildings: Moving from Theory to Reality White Paper