Chapter 10

The Prospect of Zero Net Energy Buildings in the United States

Nicholas B. Rajkovich1, William C. Miller2 and Roland J. Risser3, 1PhD Candidate, University of Michigan, Urban and Regional Planning Program, 2Program Manager, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, 3Director, U.S Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office

1 Introduction

In the United States, a number of efforts are underway to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) in the built environment [1]. ZNE is generally defined as a highly energy efficient building or community where the balance of energy needs is supplied by renewable energy technologies.

Frequently described as the “Apollo” project for energy efficiency and renewable ...

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