Net-Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Potential and the Role of Energy Storage


Net-zero energy buildings and communities, which are receiving increasing interest, and the role of energy storage in them, are described. A net-zero energy building or community is defined as one that, in an average year, produces as much energy from renewable energy as it consumes. Net-zero energy buildings and communities and the manner in which energy sustainability is facilitated by them are described and examples are given. Also, energy storage is discussed and the role and importance of energy storage as part of net-zero buildings and communities are explained. The NSERC Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Research Network, a major Canadian research effort in smart net-zero energy buildings and communities, is described.

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Rosen, M. (2015) Net-Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Potential and the Role of Energy Storage. Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 3, 470-474. doi: 10.4236/jpee.2015.34065.

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