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The Costs and Benefits of Designing for Net Zero Energy


Some airports are setting goals for new facilities to be "Net Zero" energy - that is, the average annual energy consumption for the building to operate is equal to the amount of energy produced on site (or in some definitions, renewable energy produced offsite but 'owned' by the airport). This is an emerging practice area and there are few examples in the airport industry to look to for best practices and cost estimates. Organizations like the International Living Futures Institute have developed certification standards for "Net Zero" energy buildings and overall Net Zero buildings (Living Building Challenge), but the majority of projects seem to be smaller commercial /office buildings and residential, rather than large infrastructure facilities like airports. This research project would look to examples in other industries and facilities that have similar characteristics to airport buildings and provide an overview of the level of effort, design techniques, trade-offs, cost benefit analysis required to achieve Net Zero energy.


The objective of this research is to determine best practices and cost estimates for airport facilities to achieve net zero energy, including an overview of the level of effort, design techniques, trade-offs, and cost benefit analysis.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/10/2021
Index Terms:Benefit cost analysis, Structural design, Energy conservation, Airport facilities,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Terminals and Facilities

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