Net 0 Energy

Net Zero Energy

By producing energy and reducing consumption, it is possible to achieve a net-zero electricity state, or even a total net-zero energy bill. A zero energy home combines state-of-the-art, energy-efficient construction and appliances with commercially available renewable energy systems such as solar water heating, wind, and solar electricity. This combination can result in net-zero energy consumption from the utility provider. Zero energy homes can be connected to the utility grid or not; they are designed and constructed to produce as much energy as they consume annually.

Environmental Benefits

To be effective, any response to the energy-related challenges of achieving energy independence while attaining environmentally sustainable economic growth must factor in buildings and the nation’s $1.4 trillion construction sector. Buildings account for 40% of U.S. energy use and a similar share of carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions, more than the transportation or industrial sectors. Buildings consume 72% of electric power production. Emissions associated with buildings and appliances are projected to grow faster than those from any other sector. To ensure adequate supplies of energy and to reverse projected growth of CO2 emissions, the nation must progress steadily toward buildings that use as much energy from renewable sources as they consume.

Health and / or Social Benefits

The zero-energy OHome, OClass, and OHousing have improved comfort, since an energy-efficient building envelope reduces temperature fluctuations. Our designs are also reliable: zero-energy structures can be designed to continue functioning even during blackouts. They also give their owners a sense of security. A structure that produces energy protects its owner from fluctuations in energy prices. And zero-energy structures save energy and reduce pollution so the air, soil, water, and resources everyone shares.

Economic Benefits

Does a net-zero energy building cost more to build? Recent research from the U.S. Department of Energy took a look at two large office buildings completed in Colorado—one a net-zero building and the other a regular building structure—and the results showed that costs are comparable. Thanks to significant energy-efficiency measures and on-site generation, OTechnology allows for net-zero energy use and doesn’t need to be connected to the grid.

If a household is paying $300 a month for electricity or energy costs on average, it’s like carrying a $90,000 home equity loan at 4%.  If you think of investing in net zero like you invest in a home equity loan because your $300 electric fee is gone, then this may help you understand how net zero buildings are worthwhile long-term economic investment.

Moving Toward Zero Energy Homes Fact Sheet (PDF)
U.S. Department of Energy Website, 2003

Measurement Science for Net-Zero Energy, High-Performance Green Buildings
National Institute of Standards and Technology 

Research Support Facility—Zero Energy Building Moves Closer to Reality Fact Sheet (PDF)
U.S. Department of Energy Website 

Life Cycle Cost and Energy Analysis of a Net Zero Energy House with Solar Combisystem
Elsevier Science Direct Website 

Research Support Facility—Zero Energy Building Moves Closer to Reality Fact Sheet (PDF)
U.S. Department of Energy Website 

Discovery 3 Technology
Avalon Central Alberta Website