The Net Zero Energy Influence. The construction industry is constantly changing and improving as new sustainable technology and techniques are developed. New building products are developed that are more environmentally friendly and are developed with the cradle to cradle mentality that will contribute to a healthier planet for future generations. Using these products are necessary to create a fully sustainable building, but are often cut from budgets during the design process because of their higher price tags compared to conventional products. This does not mean that the building cannot be sustainable and contribute to the environment. In fact, it further advocates a special aspect of sustainable construction; this is the influence of net zero energy. Net zero energy is an effective design goal acheived by applying several priniciples to early designs of a building.
These design principles utilize the most sustainable and economical building system technologies that are most likely to influence our building codes in the near future. As we look to lower certain regions average energy consumption, the buildings that occupy the land must be demanded by code to use alternative energy sources and energy efficient building envelopes that encourage lower energy consumption in that region's paticular climate. Because net zero energy is not acheived with a cookie cutter recipe, we may start seeing building codes develop regional standards to make a stronger and smarter effort to lowering our nation's energy consumption.
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