1). Excess consumed is taken to the grid to offset conventional energy demands
What net-zero energy building does is that renewable energy systems are incorporated in the construction so that the building can produce as much energy as it consumes. If you have generated excess energy, it can be sold back to the grid and you will consequently receive credit for that. It actually offsets the fossil fuel energy the building demands when renewable energy is not available.
Zero energy buildings are connected to the grid to use it rarely only when renewable energy sources such as solar in winter times are scarce. The other benefit is to route excess energy to the grid. The net result is net zero energy because the energy sold back offsets your consumption of conventional energies in unfortunate times.
2). No energy bills increase at the end of the year
Because such buildings rely solely on renewable energies and energy efficiency initiatives, you get to pay no increase in energy bills at the end of the year. Thinking of it mathematically, what is on the right must equal what is on the left. It means the energy consumed is equal to the energy produced through renewable energy means. The excess is taken to the grid. If the building experiences dark days of renewable energies such as winter days where solar is rare, it will take back the energy from the grid.
With net-zero energy building, you save from day one of occupancy. What you pay in the first year is what you will probably 15 years down the line, for example. It may be exorbitantly expensive to install thermal collectors at first but the system will pay for itself.
3). Healthier living environment
The air quality in zero energy building is incomparable to standard homes. It is super clean with no possible traces of gases exposed to your beloved family. Our design strategies will eliminate any possible over-reliance on conventional energies. The appliances we choose for you, for instance, are carefully selected in line with green building strategies. Let us help you enhance the living conditions in your home.
The building envelopes in standard homes contribute to huge energy consumptions because air intake requires more energy. Our building designs ensure that all envelopes are tightly closed. We insulate the walls and the ceiling, and what you get is perfectly functional zero energy building that relies solely on natural ventilation for cooling and energy for heating. You’d even enjoy walking bare-footed on the floor due to the warmth in the house.
4). Reduce carbon emissions
The other great part of these buildings is that you get to take a huge part in reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. No reliance on conventional energies on a full-time basis. The minute you turn the light or switch on the hot water geyser, you have already contributed significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Thanks to the zero energy building initiative that cuts that altogether.
5). The higher resale value of the building
Because the green building is a hot topic now, prospective buyers are looking for buildings that have incorporated sustainable design strategies to save them energy costs. Net zero energy buildings are beyond the concept of green building that focuses on the installation of energy-efficient systems whereas net zero concept highlights the need for renewable energy production in conjunction with energy-efficient systems.
A building incorporated with renewable energy systems and energy-efficient systems possesses a higher resale value than a standard home. Potential buyers know that they will save enormously with no annoying energy bills increases at the end of the year. What they pay today will be exactly what they pay in 10 years to come. Moreover, they attract taxes and energy credits by producing excess energy into the grid.