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CBC Releases Two Reports on Net-Zero Energy Buildings
Feb 24, 2011
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The Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC) released two major reports, commissioned by U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), on achieving net-zero-energy use in commercial buildings. The Alliance to Save Energy, one of the organizations that is part of CBC, said the reports named “high levels of energy efficiency (as) the first, largest and most important step on the way to net-zero.”

A long list of national organizations (listed below) developed the reports, which highlight the need for new approaches in technology research and deployment, holistic building design, and financing as critical elements to further advance energy efficiency in the commercial buildings sector.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) commissioned the reports from the CBC, an industry consortium led by the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) and other leading national organizations to identify barriers and make recommendations to industry stakeholders for achieving net-zero-energy commercial buildings over the next two to three decades.

There are many definitions of net-zero-energy buildings, but typically they are highly energy efficient buildings that use no more energy than they can produce on site on an annual basis.

The reports can both be downloaded for free from the CBC web site at:

CBC Steering Committee Members are:

• Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
• Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance)
• American Institute of Architects (AIA)
• American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)
• Association of State Energy Research and Technology Transfer Institutions (ASERTTI)
• Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
• Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
• International Code Council (ICC)
• Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
• National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)
• National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
• National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS)
• New Buildings Institute (NBI)
• North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)
• Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
• The Urban Land Institute (ULI)
• U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
• CBC Ex-Officio Steering Committee Members
• California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
• General Services Administration (GSA)
• Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
• National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
• U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

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