The declaration states that those cities “Pledge to enact regulations and/or planning policy to ensure new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030 and all buildings by 2050.”. Middle School Music and Science Building features a greenhouse and solar panels to support its net zero energy initiative. A building is generally considered net zero energy if it produces as much energy as it consumes, reducing the use and need of nonrenewable energy. Common barriers to moving toward a net zero building include the initial investment, and difficulty in finding designers, operators or contractors knowledgeable or experienced in net zero building design and operation. Since it’s so new and requires additional expertise, not everyone will be able to help get your facility to net zero energy, notes Kevin Carbonnier, project manager at New Buildings Institute. One way to find someone familiar with net zero energy buildings is by looking at current or completed projects. For an existing building to move toward net zero energy, you will need to perform a retrofit because, in most cases, existing buildings use more energy than they can product on site.
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