By: Jonathan Rowe
Since the release of NREL’s seminal 2006 white paper exploring different flavors of net-zero energy, the building industry has exploded with activity around this concept. What started with a few small, low-occupancy demonstration projects has transformed into a landscape of larger commercial facilities (NREL Research Support Facility) and communities (University of California Davis West Village). Looking ahead, zero energy design will extend to entire university campuses (Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus), eco-districts (FortZED), industrial facilities (Kingspan’s manufacturing headquarters), and even military bases (Army Net Zero Energy Initiative). In fact, these buildings are being designed so frequently now that—to keep project teams honest—the International Living Future Institute recently created a certification for net-zero energy performance.
With the design community vigorously waving the NZE flag—and continually raising the bar with larger and larger displays of how to get there—it’s no surprise that one of the world’s leading global real estate associations released a public policy advocacy statement last week urging multi-national corporations to strive for net-zero buildings. With a nod to the “huge environmental, social and economic benefits that energy-independent facilities are offering,” CoreNet Global—a network of executives who develop and operate large company energy management platforms—recognizes aggressive corporate energy efficiency initiatives ultimately lead to a triple bottom line return on investment. Follow the link below to read a full press release:
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