Grid-interactive net-zero energy buildings represent a pioneering approach to sustainable construction and energy management. A grid-interactive efficient building is more than just an energy-efficient structure; it’s a dynamic entity that leverages cutting-edge technology and onsite distributed energy resources (DERs) to optimize energy consumption while accommodating the unique needs and preferences of its occupants. One of the cornerstone elements in this approach is demand response, a key mechanism that allows buildings to interact with the grid in a responsive manner.
Around the world, governments and organizations are increasingly recognizing the significance of GEBs and are actively promoting them through various policies and pilot projects. These initiatives aim to foster the integration of grid-interactive net zero energy buildings into our urban landscapes, with the goal of achieving both environmental sustainability and energy cost savings. This section showcases case studies from different areas demonstrating innovative progress in this field.