What is a ‘Carbon Neutral’ Building?

Date: 2013
Author: Light House

The term ‘carbon neutral’ has become increasingly used in recent years; however, there is often a lack of transparency regarding what is meant by different organizations’ usage of the term. This paper released by Light House discusses some of the key international definitions of carbon neutrality worldwide and what you should consider when referring to carbon neutral buildings.

As for one of the key takeaways, Light House defines a “Carbon Neutral” building as one with significantly reduced energy consumption combined with the increased use of low carbon energy sources to meet the remaining demand. They argue that carbon neutral definition should include specific information/requirements relating to the system boundary, renewable energy and carbon offset 3rd party certification, as well as the verification or certification of the calculated carbon emissions.


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