Zero Energy Buildings: Commercial and Residential Segments

zero net building

As green building practices become more commonplace in the global construction industry, the goal of designing zero energy buildings, or buildings that consume as much energy as they produce through on-site and renewable energy systems, has emerged as the next major frontier. A number of countries and regions have already established long-term targets and regulations that will require zero energy building construction that will come into effect over the coming years, some as soon as 2016. As a result, the construction industry as a whole, led by HVAC vendors, real estate developers, construction companies, as well as renewable energy developers, are in the process of developing products and service lines that will meet demand for zero energy building and ensure compliance with new regulations.

A market is already emerging for zero energy buildings today, but it remains a small fraction of the overall building construction industry. Most product and service providers agree that the technologies required to make zero energy buildings possible, from efficient lighting and HVAC systems to glazing, insulation, solar photovoltaic and other systems, can add significant upfront cost. The goal of zero energy building will become more broadly attainable as advances in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies improve system performance and reduce cost.

Source: Navigant Research



Print Friendly

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read previous post:
, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Vietnam: Misconceptions and Electricity Costs among the Few Hindering Green Building Growth

As Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam continue to develop, more efficient buildings are becoming increasingly important. But it doesn’t...