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Technology to achieve Net Zero Energy ready for most buildings, cost remains a challenge

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Buildings stand shrouded in smog in Mexico City, Mexico, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido Net Zero

Drivers behind net zero energy projects include regulation, operating cost reductions, energy security, consumer demand

A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the global market for net zero energy (ZNE) buildings in the residential and commercial sectors, examining major market changes, as well as drivers and barriers, key technology and design trends, and related regulation and outreach programs.

As local and global energy issues continue to intensify, a greater emphasis is being placed on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building energy use.

Changes in technology, regulation, and education have allowed zero energy buildings (ZEBs) to penetrate different markets across various building types outside of the single-family residences and one-story office buildings that were first able to achieve ZNE.

“An increasing number of ZNE building pilots has proven the feasibility of wider adoption. Yet, the cost associated with reaching net zero is currently not acceptable to most building owners,” said Benjamin Freas, principal research analyst with Navigant Research.

Despite these barriers, regulation, education, and market awareness continue to expand and are expected to help move the ZNE and ZEB markets forward, according to the report.

Drivers behind ZNE projects include operating cost reductions, energy security, and customer attraction, among others.

The report, Net Zero Energy Buildings, analyzes the global market for ZNE buildings in the residential and commercial sectors.

The study examines the major changes in the ZNE buildings market in the last few years, as well as issues that are keeping the market from taking off or becoming more mainstream.

Key technology and design trends are analyzed, with a focus on analysis tools and design methods. The report also examines the regulations and education and outreach programs related to ZNE buildings.

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