Subjects addressed include: energy innovation, the advantages of onsite renewable energy generation
and options for powering business, low-carbon growth, smart buildings, energy efficiency, funding future energy, structuring techniques for demand-side management solutions, intellectual property for clean tech, smart energy, the supergrid, pumped storage for hydropower, biomass, offshore renewable energy, and current priorities for pollution control.
Achieving a net zero energy (1) (NZE) building requires two basic strategies: energy efficiency measures (EEMs)and onsite renewable energy generation
. Both strategies offset site energy--onsite renewable generation produces watts and efficiency produces "negawatts" (Lovins, 1990)--and, presumably, there is some financially optimum combination to reach net zero.
* There are several things apartment owners can do to improve the energy efficiency of their communities, such as making different water heating and lighting choices or incorporating onsite renewable energy generation
. Unfortunately, these kinds of improvements are not within the scope of existing energy codes, so the energy-efficiency gains they produce are not included in the "math" used to determine how much a community has improved its energy efficiency.