Zero energy involves balancing energy use and renewable energy supply so that the built environment consumes net-zero fossil fuel energy. 

This is made possible by implementing energy efficiency, demand-side reduction, on-site renewable energy, grid-wide and distributed renewable energy.

 

Resources

An eBook from NAPHN that discusses the Passive House pathway as well as providing many built examples where buildings have incorporated renewables to become net zero and others which are net zero capable.

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Not only is this 222,000-sf Research Support Facility LEED-NC Platinum certified,  but well on course to be the first net-zero energy building of its kind. Here you'll see an in-depth look at how the design and construction process allowed the RSF to be a showcase for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

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