Sustainable Energy/Net Zero Energy design looks holistically at reducing demand, using the most effienct systems possible and then offsetting remaining usage with renewable sources.
Demand Reduction starts with proper building orientation, superior building envelope insulation, and integration of natural systems. Designs for Life llc can create cost effective net zero energy designs this way. But don't forget to look for savings just from changing your habits first with Energy Training Solutions KiloWat program to find no and low cost savings.
Efficient Systems include high performance MEP, lighting, and controls. HVAC and lighting account for nearly 70% of all energy used in buildings. Considering high performance systems can dramatically reduce energy use 50% or more. M&E Engineers provides complete mechanical/electrical engineering. MBP provides commissioning services, ensuring systems operate as designed. Ekonow provides efficient LED lighting and renewable energy systems.
Renewable Energy such as solar electric, wind, fuel cell, and biofuel are viable options to consider in reaching net zero energy, carbon neutral performance. Clear Cell Power's CHP Fuel Cell is a unique fuel cell providing both power and heat to make you more resilient.
Jason Kliwinski AIA, LEED Fellow: Has designed several net zero energy buildings, prepared multiple carbon neutrality master plans, and integrated more than 25 megawatts of solar into projects.