by Brent Sauser
A year ago NetZeroMax.com was launched with the objective of spreading the “good news” about Net Zero design and construction, as well as accelerating the transition from 20th Century power-grid dependence to 21st Century energy independence. As more Net Zero articles were posted more like-minded individuals were drawn to the website. To date NetZeroMax.com has enjoyed over 77,000 visits to the website, with dozens of subscribers from all over the world. Comments have been received from South America, China, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere expressing interest in the website with words of encouragement. More and more buildings are going Net Zero than ever before. Net Zero has moved off the starting point and is slowly gaining main-stream momentum.
However, so much is yet to be done. Too many people, when asked if they know what “Net Zero” is, respond that Net Zero relates to a dial-up internet service provider . . . . which, in fact, it does. But, Net Zero is so much more! Technology continues to make advancements that brings greater attention to building Net Zero, with improvements to product efficiencies at lower costs. Owners are insisting on energy efficient systems that move in the Net Zero direction. The new LEED version 4.0 has been approved and will be launched at the GreenBuild 2013 convention this November in Philadelphia. NetZeroMax.com will be there! LEED v.4.0 moves building design closer to a Net Zero solution. Federal, state, and local codes are requiring greater energy efficient solutions. All of this contributes to the collective goal of becoming a 100% Net Zero society by 2030.
Consider this . . . any building that is constructed today that is NOT built to Net Zero standards will have to compete with buildings constructed to Net Zero standards after the year 2030. Assuming a minimum building life of 50 years, buildings constructed today that are far short of Net Zero compliance will suffer a significant economic resale and equity disadvantage, and would still be subject to ever increasing utility costs that ultimately impact lease fees. Given the choice of buying an energy dependent office building or a Net Zero office building, which would you choose? Which one has the greater ability to attract customers and retain them? We are only 17 years away from 2030 and the cross-over to 100% Net Zero construction. Forward thinking people are catching the vision to build Net Zero and enjoy the economic benefits now instead of waiting until 2030.
More needs to be done to spread the Net Zero “word” to the masses. NetZeroMax.com is committed to doing our part in that vital effort. We express sincere appreciation to all those who have subscribed and continue to visit our website for new and interesting Net Zero information. With the beginning of our 2nd year on-line NetZeroMax.com is in the process of expanding our effort to spread the Net Zero “good news” by way of other media. Stay tuned for more information in that regard.