A net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.
As we move towards a future where sustainability and rising energy prices play an increasingly important role in the design, development and construction of our built environment, the concept of Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) is gaining momentum.
This is further reinforced by the ambition set out in the Paris Agreement, where, at the historic COP21 summit in 2015, the goal of limiting global temperature rises will depend, to a large extent, on the building and construction sector.
This is because…by sector, energy use in buildings is the largest single contributor to our carbon footprint — roughly 40 percent. If all current buildings were retrofitted to be net zero energy, and all new construction was built to a net zero standard, society’s collective carbon footprint would be reduced by that amount.
In CCTNE’s COP22 Edition, The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) presented its groundbreaking Advancing Net Zero – here. As Terri Wills, CEO, WorldGBC explains “The long-term goal of the project is to ensure that all buildings operate at net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – meaning by the middle of the century, every single building will produce no carbon emissions annually, in operation.”
To read more about the solid progress WorldGBC has made since the launch of the project in 2016, laying the foundations that will help us achieve this goals over the next thirty years, please click here
Case-Study: The Mosaic Centre – Canada’s first net-zero office building:
CCTNE, distributed through official channels, will be supporting this year’s COP24 Summit in Katowice, Poland. As part of our purpose in creating meaningful engagement between key stakeholders, we would welcome relevant industry solution providers to contribute thought leadership to this critical, strategic area.
To discuss the possibility of your company’s written advocacy contribution, as per this recent example, please contact:
James D. Butler
Business Development Director
World News – Climate Change – The New Economy Ltd (CCTNE)
Mobile: +44 7432 740 836
* Since 2008, CCTNE – ‘Climate Change the New Economy’ has promoted independent and informed discussion on issues related to climate change and sustainable development, through high quality publications aimed at political business leaders and opinion formers. Our purpose & value are two-fold: 1) to deliver effective thought-leadership through our proven advocacy platform 2) ensure as wide a reach as possible via our unique, extensive global distribution ‘hard-copy’ network & associated on-line platforms.