Buildings as Power Plants: Net-positive Energy on the Horizon

Published in Electrical Contractor Magazine: Today, some buildings can produce more energy than they use. The small step from net-zero to net-positive could present a new world for buildings, public utilities and city planners. New Buildings Institute biannually compiles a list of North American zero-net energy (ZNE) buildings. The 2016 list reveals nearly 400 buildings that either operate at net zero (53 certified), are being designed or currently operating but need to achieve a year’s worth of net-zero operation (279 emerging), or aspire to net-zero performance without pursuing net-zero certification (62 ultra-low-energy verified).

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