National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building: Part 1 - Smart Energy Decisions

National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building: Part 1

Type: White Paper
Categories: Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions
Date Published: 6/6/2024
Author: By U.S. Department of Energy
Primary Topic: GHG Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a National Definition of a Zero Emissions Building, a building that is highly energy efficient, does not emit greenhouse gases directly from energy use, and is powered solely by clean energy. 

Part 1 of the Definition sets criteria for a building with zero emissions from energy used for building operations, applies to existing buildings and new construction, and covers commercial and residential buildings not owned by the U.S. federal government. The Definition is not a regulatory standard, but guidance that public and private entities may adopt to determine whether a building has zero emissions from operational energy use, including emissions from tenants. 

Download the Definition to learn more about the standardized, consistent, and measurable minimum criteria set forth to support the buildings sector moving toward zero emissions and advance public- and private-sector climate goals.


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