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MUM Sustainable Living Center Outperforms Expectations

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1 November 2016

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The Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, has caught the attention of an organization called Getting to Net Zero, which keeps track of ultra-efficient buildings and their energy usage.

According to their calculations, the Sustainable Living Center's net Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was -0.5 in 2015, indicating that the building produced five percent more energy than it used. Net zero energy is a sought-after goal for many buildings in the world that rely on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all of their heating, cooling, and electricity needs.

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''There are very few buildings in the world that can say they are net zero, and most of those are in climates that are far less demanding than ours,'' said David Fisher, Professor of Sustainable Living. ''That's what makes the building so remarkable energy-wise.''

The building's electricity comes from two sources: solar photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine. The heating is provided by solar hot water heaters. The heating and cooling are also supplemented by geothermal tubing. The building is currently grid-tied, feeding the excess capacity back to the MUM electrical grid and drawing from it in times of insufficient production. The overall energy consumption of the building, however, is negative.

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