The building sector is a significant contributor to global energy usage and
environmental emissions. Advanced building design, optimal selection and sizing of
building components, and energy efficient operation are among the key ways of
significantly reducing overall building energy demand. Achieving reduction in
energy demand is a key directive of the net zero energy building concept. Building
designs dedicated to meeting net zero energy building requirements are becoming
more commonplace as a path towards reducing the overall emissions from the built
environment. This work analyses the energy demand of a net zero energy office
building and compares it with a more standard commercial building design.
Through analysis of energy use, the effectiveness of energy efficiency measures
incorporated in the net zero energy building are evaluated and results provided.