NET ZERO ENERGY BUILDING
According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE), 40% of primary energy consumed in the United States can be attributed to the building sector. MUI’s team designs and builds high performance buildings that reduce and control energy use.
HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS
A wide variety of design and construction strategies can be used in a high performance building. Basic elements include:
- Tight building envelope – walls, windows and roof
- Energy efficient HVAC systems – geothermal
- Natural daylighting
- Energy efficient lighting
- Occupancy sensors
- Solar or geothermal domestic water heating
- Water conservation
- Gray water recycling
- Rainwater catchment
The final step in a high performance building is building operations. Occupancy sensors and control systems are important, but every single person must be dedicated to efficient operations, in order to ensure building performance.
HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS ROI
Based on years of accumulated data, MUI can demonstrate a measurable return on investment for high performance building systems. In many instances ENERGY STAR or LEED Silver can be obtained for no additional cost. We assist building owners in exploring a wide range of options for funding offsets, including utility rebates, tax incentives and solar renewable energy credits (SRECs).
NET ZERO ENERGY
A high performance building can evolve into a Net Zero Energy Building with the addition of an on-site renewable energy source such as solar, wind or biomass. The critical factor is reduction of energy consumption, so that an on-site renewable energy source can be affordable as well as efficient.