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Published on December 3rd, 2014 | by Joshua S Hill

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Net Zero-Energy Building Technologies Gain Government Support

December 3rd, 2014 by  


With a global focus on reducing energy consumption continuing to grow and increase in importance, many methods of “going green” are beginning to receive increased attention. A new analysis from Frost & Sullivan finds that one of these concepts gaining prominence is the net zero–energy building. A net zero–energy building, in theory, generates as much renewable energy as is necessary onsite.

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The primary takeaway from the Frost & Sullivan analysis is that government funding is the main driver of net zero–energy building (NZEB) technology uptake, with Europe leading the way in terms of funding available for NZEB technologies.

The flipside of this finding is that funding is almost entirely limited to governments, as the “lack of awareness on the benefits of NZEB technologies among end users and investors” are limiting funding from elsewhere.

“While governmental or regional funding are the main drivers of NZEB technologies, public-private funding is the most effective in sustaining the application of the NZEB concept and advancing its development globally,” noted Technical Insights industry analyst Jennifer Tan. “To attract public-private funding, governments need to educate end users on the advantages of NZEB technologies and implement relevant policies and building codes.”

The analysis, Enabling Technologies for Net Zero-Energy Buildings–Funding Analysis, also found that in an attempt to reach more end users, market participants need to ensure their NZEB technologies are able to offer an “attractive return on investment.”

“Besides choosing the entry mode strategically, NZEB technology providers should introduce solutions that align well with investors’ plans and expectations for the future,” added Tan. “Essentially, investors are expecting to have renewable energy fulfilling the remaining energy needs, to make buildings NZEB-ready as well as seeing more cost-effective and investment-worthy technologies being developed. Existing investors are also hoping for more investors to avail more funding and support to small businesses in the forthcoming years.”

Many examples of net zero-energy cases exist, including this project from the US National Institute of Standard and Technology. The project created a net zero-energy home and ran the house for a year to determine the feasibility of such technologies. In the end, the residence achieved a goal of net-zero consumption and even managed to create a surplus of 491 kWh.

Beyond net zero–energy buildings, there are also zero-energy communities, dating back to at least 2010. The Illinois community discussed at that link took advantage of solar power and LEED Platinum design to achieve the zero-energy designation. Furthermore, the homes in the community were affordable homes, with rent coming in at just $590 per month.

Image Credit: Capstone Development Group





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  • i read this too fast but I don’t recall seeing refrigeration as a component of a zero level.
    25% of the world’s food is lost due to spoilage. If I knew this was reduced to zero then….
    I am currently experiencing mis-management of low income housing. A casual walk around the buildings’ perimeter, once during the year not done. We have minus 15 C blowing into the sub basements through the fallen off vent shaft covers , held in by friction, no metal screws were involved.
    There is a water leak on the property, guess how this has happened but management still swears its runoff from a heavy rain till yesterday when a plumber finally got here after a month. He doesn’t know how to deal with the situation. Neither did I till I slept on the problem a few nights.
    All existing housing may fall into mis-management in the future/worst case scenerio.
    I’d love to volunteer my help for the hundredth time but i was unloading 200 50 lb boxes off a truck all day yesterday in another city for a disabled large family. Give it flat screen dreamers.

    • Vensonata

      “Some scientists want to release sulphates into the stratosphere to reduce
      the amount of sun reaching the planet to reverse global warming.”

      I don’t know whether you are for or against this. But basically that “scientist” is a version of your “plumber”. He shows up a month late then doesn’t know what to do. The earth has been treated like a low income rental project, and things are falling apart.

      • nakedChimp

        And they are still ripping the working pieces out to sell on the black market.. yeah yeah.. nature at it’s best.

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