The New Net Zero: Leading-Edge Design and Construction of Homes and Buildings for a Renewable Energy Future
by Rick Reynolds
Bensonwood is featured prominently in a new book on Net Zero building by renowned architect William Maclay. We collaborated with Maclay Architects as a member of the team which designed and built the award-winning net-zero Bosarge Family Education Center at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. The LEED Platinum-certified center was Maine’s first net-zero institutional building.
The new threshold for green building is not just low energy, it is net-zero energy, and in The New Net Zero, sustainable architect William Maclay charts the path for designers and builders interested in exploring green design’s new frontier—net-zero energy structures generating as much energy as they use while remaining carbon neutral.
Since traditional American buildings account for roughly 40 percent of our total fossil energy use, the significance of net-zero building is growing increasingly important—among designers interested in addressing climate change as well as homeowners concerned about energy efficiency and long-term savings.
Maclay, an award-winning net-zero designer whose buildings have achieved high-performance goals at affordable costs, makes the case for a net-zero future; explains net-zero building metrics, integrated design practices, and renewable energy options; and shares his lessons learned on net-zero teambuilding with like-minded companies such as Bensonwood.
The comprehensive overview is accompanied by several case studies, which include institutional buildings such as the Bosarge Family Education Center, commercial projects, and residences. Both new-building and renovation projects are covered in detail. Unity Homes is profiled in the book, as is our multi-layered Open-Built® system.
The New Net Zero is geared toward professionals studying net-zero design, but is also suitable for laypersons seeking inspiration and strategies for beautiful and renewably powered net-zero options.