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New Swedish Concept Makes Any Building Net-Zero Energy

By Brian Spaen

Do all new and existing industrial buildings have the ability to produce as much energy as they consume? A Swedish company believes that’s the case as they’ve introduced a new concept that uses a building’s thermal mass with optimized utilities and attaches solar panels to the structure. The combination aims to cut energy use all the way down to zero percent.

The concept of a net-zero building is not new. For example, a couple in Oregon met the requirements of the Living Building Challenge in their dream home by installing such features as solar panels, a hydronic floor system for heat, and harvesting rainwater. However, most net zero options were limited to new structures as most of these features required a complete overhaul on existing buildings.

There’s already many businesses that could optimize their buildings to cut back on a significant amount of energy. Automated systems like light dimming and heat/cooling control aren’t even activated. It’s estimated that one-third of the United States’ energy usage could be cut back if every building had these turned on.