The definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities
October 26, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reached a significant milestone in bringing the building community together by releasing a common definition of a zero energy building, or what is also referred to as a “net zero energy” or “zero net energy” building.
ASHRAE 2015 Annual Conference includes seminar on ZEBs
June 15, 2015
While the concept of ZEBs is generally accepted in the building industry, no common definition exists. This creates a challenge in trying to incentivize such buildings and in developing common design strategies.
Government Regulation Is Most Important Driver for This Market
January 7, 2015
While advances in energy efficient buildings are reducing the energy consumption of many new and existing structures, the spread of zero energy buildings, which generate as much energy over the course of a year as they use, is a primary indicator of aggressive approaches to mitigating the impacts of climate change in the built environment.
Advances in Building Envelope Technology Are Helping to Drive the Market
September 17, 2014
Aiming to reduce energy costs and minimize the carbon footprint of their buildings, governments, corporations, and home builders are pursuing zero energy building (ZEB) solutions, notes Navigant Research. Worldwide revenue from ZEBs is forecast to grow from $629 million annually in 2014 to more than $1.4 trillion in 2035.
Students Presented Their Designs to Juries of National Experts
June 23, 2014
The campus of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played host to 28 teams of university students and building industry experts who converged at the lab for the Challenge Home Student Design Competition.
Many schools are turning to highly efficient HVAC solutions for both new-build and retrofit projects, indicating that the once-novel concept of LEED-certified and zero-energy schools may soon become commonplace in school districts across the U.S.
Many of the technologies needed to deliver zero energy buildings have already been developed. According to a report from Pike Research, over the next few decades, cost decreases in existing technologies and innovation in emerging technologies, driven by government regulations, will help make zero energy building more attainable.