Construction of the UWI net zero energy building on the Mona campus is in progress.
The UWI net zero energy building will be Jamaica and the Caribbean’s first net zero energy building.
What is a Net Zero Energy Building?
A Net Zero Energy Building also known as a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building or a Net Zero Building, is a building in which the total amount of energy used on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site or at other renewable energy sources.
These buildings at times consume non-renewable energy and produce greenhouse gases while at other times reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas production by the same amount.
As a result, these buildings do not increase the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The UWI Net Zero Energy Building will consist of an advanced prototype constructed as a demonstration of emerging and best practices in the built environment, including energy efficiency, ideal building layout, window detailing, efficient lighting and cooling.