Conventional buildings "import" all of their energy via gas and power lines, fuel oil, or steam. Net-positive buildings produce more energy through on-site renewable sources than they us, and "export" the excess energy. A building designed to be net-positive upon future installation of on-site renewables may be called “net-positive ready”. There are many benefits to net-positive buildings, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change, providing resiliency in the case of networked power outages, an efficient building with reduced operating expenses, and overall increased property value.
While it is a simple principle, actually creating a net-positive building can be quite complex. Precipitate succeeds at this challenge by employing building information modeling (BIM) technology and an integrative process that engages a diverse team of experts.