ASU sustainability experts weigh in on 'Net Zero' energy concept
InBusiness magazine writer Sue Kern-Fleischer noted that the “Net Zero” energy concept is getting “a lot of buzz lately.” She spoke with Arizona State University’s Mick Dalrymple and Harvey Bryan for a story in the April issue of the magazine, which is a collaboration of business organizations and entities in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
According to story, Net Zero is “a forward-thinking concept in which a home or commercial building could not only reduce the energy it consumes, but produce enough or a surplus of energy so that there are no longer monthly utility bills.”
Bryan, a senior sustainability scientist with ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability was quoted as saying: “Various agencies and businesses are working to bring their carbon footprint down to Net Zero, but transparency is very important to convince our community.” Bryan is also a professor with the Design School in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
The article noted that Phoenix-based Meritage Homes “built Arizona’s first Net Zero home in April 2011.”
“Meritage Homes is building and selling new Net Zero homes as a way to distinguish itself in the marketplace and give people a reason to buy new homes instead of resale homes,” according to Dalrymple, who was quoted in the article. Dalrymple is the ASU project manager evaluating the energy savings generated by the Energize Phoenix program. More information about Energize Phoenix is at http://www.energizephx.com.
And, a story about how ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability is one of the players on the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy team tapped by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative to identify and eliminate barriers to easy and affordable rooftop solar installation is at https://asunews.asu.edu/20111214_rooftopsolar.