A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings

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Thousands of project teams throughout the country seek to push the envelope and develop zero energy buildings. Generally speaking, a zero energy building produces enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements, thereby reducing the use of nonrenewable energy in the building sector. This definition also applies to campuses, portfolios, and communities. In addition to providing clarity across the industry, this publication provides guidelines for measurement and implementation, specifically explaining how to utilize this definition for building projects.