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Advancing Net Zero

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: