Technologies Enabling Zero Energy Buildings

Technologies Enabling Zero Energy Buildings

Zero energy buildings (ZEBs) are those buildings that do not depend on the grid for their own energy needs, They make themselves independent of the grid by improving the energy efficiency and also by depending on onsite renewable energy generation to meet their energy needs. These buildings depend on different solutions and technologies like solar power, geothermal, energy storage, energy management, the building design, components and the architecture itself in order to achieve the zero energy status.

The energy efficiency part of the building can be achieved by improving the building design, orientation, the materials used to construct the building and the way these materials prevent the loss of heat and thermal energy or even allow excess radiation resulting in heating of the premises. This can be complemented by the use of more energy efficient loads like efficient lighting and heating and air conditioning options. Geothermal energy can be used in combination with the HVAC systems to achieve efficient thermal systems for the buildings and energy management solutions can be used to enable effective interaction between loads. The energy management solutions help monitor the energy usage, identify areas in buildings that have more losses and devise methods to improve the efficiency of these zones.

  • Executive Summary
    • Research Scope
    • Research Process and Methodology
    • Key Findings
  • Overview of Technologies Enabling ZEB
    • Europe and US Differ in the Extent of Making a Building Zero Energy by Definition
    • Energy Consumption of the Building Sector is Very High Globally
    • Building Design and Renewable Energy Sources Are Very Important In Making A Building Achieve ZEB Status
    • Renewable Onsite Generation is a Major Part of the ZEBs Across Regions
    • Solar Is The Most Sought After Building Renewable Solution
    • BIPV Solar Solutions For Zebs
    • Rooftop Solar Solutions For Zebs
    • Both Centralized and Distributed Energy Storage Solutions Can Be Adopted to Support RES
    • Energy Storage Solutions Face Challenge in the Form of Cost Of Deployment
    • Energy Storage Stakeholders
    • Platforms to Manage Consumption and Generation Enable Efficient Load Management Scenario
    • Energy Management Solutions Help Manage the Loads and Enable Better Control
    • Sensor Solutions For BEMS
    • Control Solutions For BEMS
    • Communication and Connectivity Solutions For BEMS
    • Interface and Dashboard Solutions For BEMS
    • Proper Insulation and Air Ventilation Play a Crucial Role in Making Buildings More Efficient
    • HVAC Is the Most Energy Intensive Load in Any Building
    • HVAC Stakeholders and Solutions
    • Day Lighting With Smart Lighting Solutions Is Crucial For NZEB Performance
    • Smarter Control Solutions Can Make Lighting More Intelligent and Automated
    • Smart Lighting Solutions and Stakeholders
  • Global ZEB Projects Deployment
    • India's First NZEB
    • Long-term Project by the World Green Building Council
    • NZEB Facility at NUS Singapore
    • Residential NZEB Neighborhood in Belgium
    • Commercial NZEB: NZEB Office In San Diego
    • Nearly Zero Energy Academic Hospitals
  • ZEB Regulations in North America and Europe
    • NREL Classifies ZebsBased on How Renewable Energy Is Generated
    • New Private Buildings Should be Zero Energy by the End of 2020
  • Growth Opportunities and Analyst Insights
    • Growth Opportunity 1: Regulations Encouraging Better Building Envelopes and Design Are Needed
    • Growth Opportunity 2: Technology and Methodology Sharing Between Regions Can Prove To Be Beneficial.
    • Growth Opportunity 3: APAC Needs Better Regulations To Enable Adoption of ZEBs in the Region
    • Regulations Related to the Finances Associated With ZEB Execution Must be Taken Care of by the Governments
  • Key Patents and Contacts
    • Patents: BIPV and Bifacial Solar Cells
    • Patents: Building Energy Management
    • Patents: Home Energy Management
    • Patents: Heat Pumps
    • Key Industry Participant Contacts

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