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Zero Energy Buildings growth driven by government policy, stringent codes, technologies

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Zero Energy Buildings growth driven by government policy, stringent codes, technologies

Restraints include high upfront cost, and lack of universal definition and approaches.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | January 11, 2021
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The continued growth of zero energy buildings (ZEB) will be driven by commitment from developed and developing economies in pursuing ZEB targets, enforcement of stringent global building codes and standards, and advancements in building technologies.

That’s the assessment from a new report, Global Zero Energy Buildings (ZEB) Promise New Efficiency Beyond Cost and Innovative Technologies, 2020 by Frost & Sullivan. Today, less than 1% of the buildings in the world are ZEB-certified, the report says.

ZEB market restraints include ambiguities and inconsistency issues resulting in the absence of a universally approved definition and approach to ZEB. Also, current up-front costs for deploying ZEB technologies are high, and most building occupants are not ready for large-scale ZEB adaption.

The report looks at the ZEB market in five technological segments: high-performance heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) Systems; energy-efficient lighting; solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar thermal systems; and energy-efficient building envelope materials. The market revenue of these technologies in 2019 was $86.1 million, the report says.

The report is available at: https://www.reportlinker.com/p06000043/?utm_source=GNW

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