Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

Paper / April 5, 2016 / Zero Net Energy / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

With exponential growth predicted for U.S. solar installations, substantial distributed energy supply will be available to buildings and communities across the country. When coupled with a highly efficient, intelligent building, these resources represent a tremendous asset, but also a complicated puzzle for electricity grid operators. A white paper by NBI describes a framework for employing design strategies and efficiency measures that insure buildings of the future can benefit from and support grid modernization efforts. NBI’s Jim Edelson, director of codes and policy, and Alexi Miller, P.E., senior project manager, recently presented the research at the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Orlando on January 27, 2016.