GSA planning net-zero energy building guidance policy

Goal is have clear goals drafted by September

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colo.  Pho
Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and US Courthouse, Grand Junction, Colo. Photo: courtesy GSA
July 16, 2014

The General Services Administration’s Net-Zero Energy Task Group is working on a draft letter with clear goals and guidance for net-zero energy buildings by this September. The committee recently created a provisional definition of net-zero energy buildings (NZEBs).

The draft definition distinguishes between two different types of net-zero buildings:

  • NZEB: an energy-efficient building where the actual annual source energy consumption is balanced by on-site renewable energy.
  • REC-NZEB: an energy-efficient building where the actual annual source energy consumption is balanced by on-site renewable energy to the maximum extent possible and is augmented by off-site renewable energy and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from certified sources.

GSA’s Net-Zero Energy Task Group is part of the Green Building Advisory Committee, which advises and helps agencies build more sustainably. In its draft, the committee has recommended that net-zero buildings reduce energy use by 50% or more than typical buildings of similar types.

(http://www.federalnewsradio.com/239/3660266/GSA-task-force-plans-for-future-net-zero-energy-buildings)

         
 

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