Today the built environment expends 43% of US energy. In the past ten years the science community has begun to tackle this issue with research on the concept of net zero buildings, or buildings that combine energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy production to use no net energy from off-site sources (Dannenberg, 2007). This policy brief explores some of the issues related to net zero construction, as well as variation in state policy approaches that support a net zero construction approach. Current issues affecting net zero are the lack of definitional clarity, the broad range of policies needed to construct net zero housing, and the cost of implementation.
Lemert, Abby; Meyer, Mikaela; Paine, Jordan D.; Wong, Ally; Raymond, Leigh; and Weldon, S. Laurel
"Affordable Net Zero Housing and Transportation Solutions,"
Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) Policy Briefs: Vol. 4
, Article 2.
Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/gpripb/vol4/iss1/2