Absolute Zero

Teams are Tracking New Metrics and Ramping Up Collaboration to Bring Net-Zero Buildings to the Mainstream

The energy efficiency bar keeps rising. For many organizations, the future of building construction is net-zero energy. It's a tall order, and one that some governments are beginning to mandate. To achieve net-zero status, all energy consumed annually by a building must be completely offset by energy renewably produced on-site -- no carbon offset purchases allowed. The pursuit of that overarching requirement shapes every net-zero project from kickoff. Nearly every planning decision impacts a structure's ultimate energy footprint -- from the direction the building faces to the types of windows and insulation used. So project managers must ensure close collaboration between design and construction teams while keeping one key performance metric top of mind: the building's energy balance. Any energy consumed must be offset by energy generated.
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