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Net Zero Energy Buildings Struggle To Scale In The Market

Date: 24 May 2012

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Executive Summary

This report helps real estate professionals understand what a Net Zero Energy (NZE) building is and how the demand for NZE buildings will evolve over the next decade. Buildings eligible for NZE status combine active and passive energy efficiency measures with sufficient on-site energy generation capacity to enable them to become independent from the grid. The primary concerns of the market, relating to technical feasibility, have been addressed with numerous NZE buildings in operation across various markets. To date, there are 21 NZE buildings located in 13 states across the US, as well as a handful in China and Europe. Verdantix forecasts slow growth for NZE buildings due to a combination of construction cost premium, incumbent strategies and processes within the real estate market, and changing dynamics in some domestic energy markets.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

NET ZERO ENERGY BUILDINGS STRUGGLE TO SCALE IN THE MARKET

Buildings Achieve NZE Status By Combining Energy Efficiency With On-Site Energy Generation
Multiple Building Types Have Achieved NZE Status
Cost Premium, Incumbent Market Processes And Volatile Energy Markets Will Slow Take Up

TABLE OF FIGURES

Figure 1. Active And Passive Energy Efficiency Measures In US NZE Buildings In 2012
Figure 2. Breakdown Of US NZE Buildings By Area, Number And Type In 2012

ORGANIZATIONS MENTIONED

Autodesk, CBRE, China National Tobacco Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Eurobuild, GE, Hines, Hudson Solar, IBM, Johnson Controls, Kingspan, NREL, New Buildings Institute, Jones Lang LaSalle, Philips, Siemens, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, SunEdison, US Energy Information Agency, US Department of Energy, US Energy Information Administration, US Green Building Council, Walmart, Westfield, Xcel Energy