Net-Zero Buildings present a ground-breaking reduction in energy costs for the region, since they produce enough renewable energy to more closely match their energy consumption requirements, thereby reducing the use
of non-renewable energy in the building sector.
For instance, The UWI Net-Zero Building will reduce energy consumption by 40% and excess power generated by the building will be sold to the Jamaica Public Service Company under a net billing arrangement. It is also expected to save up to 30% in water consumption under everyday conditions. This is crucial on a campus that
has faced water woes and in a country and world increasingly plagued by changing rainfall patterns and drought.
The building, which will be adapted to local climate conditions, will also be used as an emergency shelter, since its design includes greater resilience to natural disasters including hurricanes, storms, floods, drought and earthquakes. It will include conference facilities as well as a centre for research on renewable energy.
As part of The UWI’s commitment to fostering productive academy-industry partnerships that drive regional development, in addition to its primary funding and implementation partners, this innovative building project involves the cooperation of a wide range of public and private stakeholders in Jamaica, including the:
- Bureau of Standards
- Caribbean Academy of Sciences
- Ministry of Environment & Climate Change
- Ministry of Energy, Science & Technology
- Incorporated Master builders Association
- Hotel & Tourist Association
- Institution of Engineers
- Public Service Company Ltd
- Institute of Architects
- Meteorological Service
The UWI Net-Zero Building project is expected to catalyze a shift in building forms and technologies throughout the region, making net-zero energy construction the preferred option in the Caribbean.