In 2011, Kingspan announced a Net Zero Energy program with a 2020 target to match 100 pct of its operational energy use with renewable energy. The company is on track to achieve this goal. As part of this program, Kingspan also joined the Science Based Targets initiative, setting a target of 10 pct reduction in Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Kingspan, PR, Dec., 2019) Contact: Kingspan, +44 (0)1352 716100,
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To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.
In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates.
(Source: City of Burlington, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability, www.burlingtonvt.gov; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager, www.burlingtonelectric.com/NZE
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The report findings include:
TEAM ZERO is working to unify stakeholders involved in promoting different 'paths to zero' with a common agenda and collaborative efforts that accelerate market adoption of zero energy and zero carbon homes, commercial buildings, developments, communities, and retrofits across North America. The goal is to build awareness about the value of zero energy and ensure zero harm homes and buildings are accessible and affordable to home buyers, renters and businesses in all communities.
Download the Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study 2018 Inventory of residential projects on the path to zero in the U.S. and Canada HERE.
(Source: TEAM ZERO, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: TEAM ZERO, Richard Willingham, (416) 524-2380, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.teamzero.org
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Survey organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.
In Johnson Control's 2008 survey, under 10 pct of respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future. Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.
The survey also notes a year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability, www.linkedin.com/in/clay-nesler-171a133, www.johnsoncontrols.com/corporate-sustainability/reporting-and-policies/business-and-sustainability-report/environmental-leadership/sustainable-solutions, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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ZE is defined as ultra-low energy projects that consume only as much power as can be generated onsite by clean, renewable resources. This definition is, however, evolving to consider multiple buildings in a campus or neighborhood that use a larger, central solar array.
In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI has released a new online tool offering information about the ZE buildings: HERE.
Download the 2019 Getting to Zero Project List HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, PR, 15 May, 2019) Contact: New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org
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The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations plan to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures over the next 12 months.
Today, organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.
In Johnson Controls'2008 survey, under 10 pct od respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future.
Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.
The survey also notes a significant year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability, www.linkedin.com/in/clay-nesler-171a133, www.johnsoncontrols.com/corporate-sustainability/reporting-and-policies/business-and-sustainability-report/environmental-leadership/sustainable-solutions, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to: establish a roadmap to reach net zero carbon buildings; develop a suite of supporting incentives and programmes; and report annually on progress. The pledge is part of the World Green Building Councils Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States and Regions.
Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will take extra steps as part of a commitment to owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030.
These steps include evaluating current energy demand and carbon emissions from municipal buildings, and identifying opportunities for reduction; establishing a roadmap to reach net zero carbon municipal buildings. (Source: C40, HPAC, 6 Sept., 2018) Contact:
C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org
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These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.
Emirates GBC recently established the Net Zero Centre of Excellence think tank and accelerator platforms to advance energy efficient net zero carbon buildings in the UAE.
(Source: Emirates Green Building Council, PR, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: EmiratesGBC , Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman, email@example.com, www.emiratesgbc.org
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The Cornell Tech campus features innovative architectural designs that leverage green building strategies including high performance solar technology to maximize energy efficiency with a net zero energy aspiration.
The smarter E AWARD is given in the two categories: Smart Renewable Energy and Outstanding Projects, in the areas of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation. (Source: Cornell Tech, Solaria, altenergymag, 7 May, 2018) Contact: E Award, www.thesmartere.de/en/home.html: Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, www.solaria, com; Cornell Tech, www.tech.cornell.edu;
EnterSolar, (888) 225-0270, www.entersolar.com
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The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:
The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings."
(Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission
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According to the Penn State project leader Tom Ricard, the building sector is about one-third of the global economy and involves everyone from building code officers to mortgage finance bankers and electricians and carpenters to architects and engineers. Buildings account for about 40 pct of humanity's carbon footprint, he said. "We have technologies today to drive those carbon emissions to near zero and create net zero energy buildings with fairly cost-effective technologies, but there's a number of barriers to that. Those include the way buildings are built and financed; the way people involved in the building sector traditionally interact and the kind of contractual relationships they have; and the technologies are new and haven't been proven in all parts of the world," Richard added.
The big question, according to James Freihaut, the technical director of Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia and a professor architectural engineering, is how do you get a serially fragmented industry -- where each entity is trying to maximize its own individual profit while minimizing its performance risk relative to the building -- to behave like a virtually, vertically integrated industry that can actually deliver known, measured system performance in a building?
One is that the cost differential isn't that great anymore, Richard said, and the second is that these buildings are high-performance, not just with respect to energy, but to human performance, including health and worker satisfaction and performance.
(Source: Penn State, Center Daily Times, 2 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Penn State Univ., Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Tom Richard, Dir., (814) 865-3722, firstname.lastname@example.org; Institutes of Energy and the Environment, (814) 863-0291, www.iee.psu.edu
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The key sustainable elements that contributed to the LEED platinum rating include:
HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues. (Source: HARC, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding,Daily Telescope, 12 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Houston Advanced Research Center, Lisa Gonzalez, Pres., CEO, (281) 364-6000, www.harcresearch.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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Subject to Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission approval, the initiative aims to develop a "green tariff" for projects that would increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university. If approved and successful, the new green tariff would be made available to other similar institutions in the future.
A joint university-utility working group will develop a model tariff, eligibility requirements, cost structure and other details.
The working group will also evaluate sites for possible renewable energy development, concentrating first on utility-scale projects that would offset energy use at the Manoa campus. The group will also consider currently available energy storage technologies such as combined solar-photovoltaic systems with energy storage.
(Source: University of Hawaii News Community, HECO, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780, email@example.com, www.hawaiianelectric.com; University of Hawaii, www.hawaii.edu
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The 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will host the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE) to promote energy efficiency, solar, wind and biomass energy R&D. The building is expected to save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction of 34.5 metric tpy of CO2.
The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Information Service, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of the West Indies, +876 927 1660, www.uwi.edu
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To that end, DOE has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a feasibility study on zero energy schools and provide specific energy usage targets to cost-effectively achieve zero energy and focused on strategies to balance energy consumption and energy supply. The pathways for managing energy consumption include optimal design of the building walls, roof, and windows, lighting systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, controls, and service water heating.
(Source: US DOE, NREL, ProudGreenBuilding, Aug. 31, 2017)Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, www.nrel.gov; US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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According to the Alliance to Save Energy, "NREL has been at the forefront of innovation, from high-performance building efficiency with research into whole building and net zero energy design, to fuel efficiency and sustainable transportation innovations."
Additionally, last March the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) presented NREL with its Technology Advancement and Industry Impact Award
for "consistently delivering on the crucial technologies that have driven the incredible expansion we've seen in each of the advanced energy industries."
(Source: NREL, PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, www.nrel.gov
Alliance to Save Energy, www.ase.org;
ACORE, Greg Wetstone , CEO,, (202) 777-7584, www.acore.org
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SinBerBEST is a research entity under the National Research Foundation (NRF) CREATE Programme. It is hosted by the University of California Berkeley (UCB), with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as main partners. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Since its launch in 2009, ZEB has delivered a net zero energy performance for seven continuous years, producing more energy than it consumes with a net surplus of between 7- 9 pct achieved on a yearly basis. The energy efficiency of ZEB will be enhanced to achieve a further 20 pct improvement over the current level and achieve an overall energy surplus of at least 40 pct with the upgrading of the existing solar PV system and savings from the smart technologies including: high-performance dimmable lighting fixtures and controls; demand controlled ventilation; plug loads management system; double skin building facade; wifi-based occupancy monitoring system and various and others.
(Source: Singapore Building and Construction Authority , 11 July, 2017)
Contact: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Hugh Lim, CEO, +65 6534 0219, www.bca.gov.sg
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The $9.1 million, 20-unit NZE townhouse project is designed with Zero Energy Star® certification for maximum energy efficiency.
The projects features virtual assistants, energy management, security, locks, cameras, smoke detectors, electrical control, and other smartphone applications. (Source: Caliber, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Caliber,
Chris Loeffler, CEO, www.eclipsescottsdale.com, www.CaliberCo.com, MUDUS, www.MODUScompanies.com
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LIFA runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Council and other leading-edge programs.(Source: ILFI, PR, 15 Mar., 2017)
Contact: International Living Future Institute, Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, (401) 661-3679, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ilfi.org; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org
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The school's new solar arrays are expected to produce over 826,000 kWh in the first year and over 19 million kWh over a 25-year period.
Pfister Energy provides turnkey renewable energy systems for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, with an emphasis on building-integrated applications. Services include the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of photovoltaics, solar thermal, LED lighting, natural daylighting, wind power, solar lighting, green roofing, geothermal, rainwater harvesting and fuel cell systems.
(Source: Pfister Energy, PR, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pfister Energy, (973) 653-9880, email@example.com, www.pfisterenergy.com
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In effect, the City of Lancaster has legislated a "Net Zero Energy" policy for all new construction. Other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica and San Francisco, have introduced similar standards.
California is slated to enforce similar measures statewide in 2020. (Source: City of Lancaster, gtm, Others, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: City of Lancaster, Buillding and Safety Dept., (661) 723-6144, www.cityoflancasterca.org
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