Working on this term paper I find myself researching a lot of different topics trying to come up with ideas. One topic that I stumbled upon was zero energy buildings. So what’s special about this topic? Absolutely nothing, except the fact that this could possibly destroy the need for all utility companies. How is something like this even possible? Well, let me explain. These net zero buildings consume no energy and carbon emissions.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been conducting researching using these net zero buildings to make this a reality. They built a facility in Gaithersburg, MD that “produces as much or more energy than it uses thanks to a litany of high-tech features such as solar panels, cutting-edge heating and cooling systems, and a virtually airtight construction,” (Handley). They predict that the building will produce about 15 to 20 percent more energy than it will consume annually.
So the question is, why are these building not being mass produced since they would be a great asset. Really the only issue is the production cost. Average houses are estimated to cost 600,000 dollars or more. That seems pretty steep but, aren’t we already paying that with the cost of utilities?