Presenter: Shanti Pless, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
For net zero energy (NZE) building performance to become the norm in new commercial construction, it is necessary to demonstrate that NZE can be achieved cost effectively. This project aims to increase and accelerate the adoption of NZE design and construction practices by changing the perception of NZE as being cost prohibitive. To that end, the project is producing a NZE cost control guide and a two-page fact sheet, which project managers plan to share with early adopters. In the meantime, market outreach partners plan to provide training and technical assistance to help NZE building owners and practitioners adopt best practices. In the long term, the project will encourage peer organizations to replicate the successes of early adopters.