Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

Paper / April 5, 2016 / Getting to Zero / 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 buildings, 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 ensure 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, presented the research at the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Orlando on January 27, 2016.