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Zero Net Energy Policies and Projects

Governments and the building industry are passing policies and designing and building zero net energy (ZNE) projects to eliminate impacts of building energy use and resultant carbon emissions while reducing operating costs. These zero net energy initiatives are occurring in states and locals with winter heating seasons as well as in Sun Belt areas. Primarily, ZNE is accomplished through large energy efficiencies of 60-70% coupled with on-site renewable energy generation that meets the remaining annual energy needs. This site inventories the policies, projects and research in the US and beyond that are moving zero net energy into goals and the marketplace. It includes federal, state and local policies and programs. Zero net energy or near ZNE developments and individual houses and buildings are described as are research projects. Links to all information and additional resources are provided as well. The Zero Net Energy web site is geared to a broad audience including policy makers, energy, design and building professionals, students and the public.