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Building America Solution Center: Building Science-To-Sales Translator
Building America Solution Center online Building Science-to-Sales Translator provides a new glossary of sales themes that can be used across the industry to consistently reinforce the value of high-performance homes.

Building Online: Meritage Homes Unveils First Net-Zero Production Home
Building Online article explains how Meritage Homes has unveiled the first net-zero production home built in the United States in the Verrado community of Buckeye, Ariz. A net-zero home produces as much energy as it consumes, thanks to its array of extreme energy-efficient features.

Building Science: New England Net Zero New Construction Evaluations
Building Science report New England Net Zero New Construction Evaluations evaluates a project where Transformations, a residential development and building company that has partnered with Building Science Corporation, is building new construction net-zero energy houses in Massachusetts under the Building America program. (PDF)

Building Science: San Francisco Net Zero Urban Infill
Building Science report describes a project of a startup builder in the San Francisco Bay Area that has a goal of producing factory built/modular houses with net zero energy performance. Their first prototype was a two-story, two bedroom, urban infill townhouse design. It has been in operation for roughly a year, and has been extensively measured and monitored, providing information about its net zero performance. (PDF)

CHBA: 5 Canadian Net Zero Builder Success Stories
Canadian Home Builders Association online video describes five net zero builder success stories from the NRCan ecoEII Owens Corning NZE Communities initiative. This project aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of building NZE housing communities addressing the challenges specific to production housing, and to act as a platform for the broader adoption of NZE homes across Canada. Participating builders included Mattamy Calgary, Reid's Heritage Homes, Minto Communities, Construction Voyer, and Provident Developments.

CHBA: Habitat Studio NetZero Energy Houses In Ontario
CHBA Net Zero Housing Council online slide show presentation describes various Habitat Studio net zero energy houses in Ontario. (PDF)

CHBA: Latter Net Zero Home In Nova Scotia
CHBA Net Zero Housing Council online slide show presentation describes the Latter Net Zero Home built in Nova Scotia. (PDF)

CHBA: Net Zero Row Houses In Albrerta
CHBA Net Zero Housing Council online slide show presentation describes a net zero row house project in Alberta. (PDF)

Comfy: Top 8 Smart Net Zero Buildings from Around the World
Comfy describes eight smart buildings from around the world that have gone net zero and beyond.

Custom Home: Mountain Retreat Elevates Zero Energy Design To New Heights
Custom Home magazine describes a contemporary home in the Rockies that takes zero-energy design to new heights.

Edmonton Journal: Belgravia Home Has Energy to Spare
Edmonton Journal says one of the homes labelled under the CHBA Net Zero Home pilot has proven itself capable of net-positive performance. Effect Homes built the house in 2012 and has been working with the homeowner to follow its performance.

Fast Company: Kit Turns Old Houses Into Zero-Energy Homes
Fast Company describes how, in slightly more than a week, a clever kit of parts can transform an old rental house into a net-zero energy home, at no extra cost to tenants or building owners.

GBA: Net Zero Energy Homes
Green Building Advisor podcast Net Zero Energy Homes, Part 1 discusses the mega trend that is net-zero housing, which are homes that produce as much energy as they use.

GBA: New Net-Zero Community In Maine
Green Building Advisor describes a subdivision in southern Maine that will feature net-zero-ready houses at moderate prices.

GBA: Seattle Net-Zero-Energy House For $125 A Square Foot
Green Building Advisor describes a net-zero-energy house built in Seattle for $125 a square foot.

Green Energy Futures: Carbon Neutral Laneway Home In Edmonton
Green Energy Futures describes a carbon neutral laneway home in Edmonton that is an an innovative use of green tech.

Green Energy Futures: Dawning of Age of Affordable Net Zero Homes
Green Energy Futures says Landmark Homes of Edmonton has announced one of the lowest-priced net-zero homes in Canada. The Pisa sells for $399,737 all in (incl. GST), a real breakthrough in the evolution of buildings that produce all their own energy on a net-annual basis.

Green Energy Futures: Net Zero Communities Spring Up In Canada
Green Energy Futures highlights one of the five builders participating in the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative initiative to build 25 NZE homes in four provinces.

Green Energy Futures: Net Zero Simple With Passive Solar
Green Energy Futures describes how passive solar energy gets you close to zero energy.

Green Energy Futures: Rise Of The Net-Zero Home
Green Energy Futures online video series Chasing Net-Zero describes the history and explains the incredible rise of net-zero homes in Canada.

Honda: Honda Smart Home US Offers Vision For Zero Carbon Living & Mobility
Honda has opened a highly efficient living laboratory home that showcases technologies that enable net zero energy living and transportation.

Living Future: Mission Zero Heritage House
Living Future describes the Mission Zero House in Michigan. Built circa 1901, it has achieved Net Zero Energy Building Certification while also complying with the guidelines of the Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation.

Metro News: Edmonton Habitat Team Builds Net-Zero Precast Concrete Home
Canada's Habitat for Humanity Edmonton, in cooperation with Lafarge and Stantec, have built a prototype net-zero, precast-concrete home, which was put together in a few hours. The Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will evaluate the home's performance in the next two years.

Pulte Homes: New Zero Net Energy Home Prototype
Pulte Group is unveiling a zero net energy home prototype, a pilot aimed at building new homes for maximum energy efficiency and utility grid load reduction.

RDH: Defining Net-Zero
RDH Building Science discusses how to define net-zero buildings.

ReNEWW House: Home Retrofit For Net Zero Energy & Water
Whirlpool Corporation teamed up with a number of industry partners to retrofit a home built in the 1920s near the campus of Purdue University to be both net zero energy and water.

Science Daily: NIST Net-Zero Test House Exceeds Goal With Energy To Spare
After a year's test, a net-zero house built in Maryland by the National Institute of Standards and Technology generated 491 kilowatt-hours more than it needed.

TecHome Builder: Anatomy Of A KB Home's Net Zero Home
TecHome Builder describes how KB Home’s Double ZeroHouse 2.0 contains both energy and water-saving innovations.

Trim Tab: Net Zero Energy Certified Residential Buildings
Trim Tab describes innovative net zero homes and the steps that each project took to become one of the most efficient buildings in the world.

US DOE: Common Definition For Zero Energy Buildings, Campuses, Communities
US Department of Energy says their Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, which states that a Zero Energy Building is “an energy-efficient building where, on a source energy basis, the actual annual delivered energy is less than or equal to the on-site renewable exported energy.”

US DOE: Tour Of Zero Homes
US Department of Energy site Tour of Zero allows US consumers to see how the home of the future offers a better experience and is available today. This includes the ability to virtually visit great examples of Zero Energy Ready Homes in their climate zone.

ZEP: Glossary of Zero Energy Terms for Real Estate Professionals
Zero Energy Project provides an online glossary of zero energy terms for real estate professionals.
Industry Information

BDC: 32 US Buildings Have Been Verified Net-Zero Energy Performers
Building Design & Construction says 32 US buildings have been verified as net-zero energy performers, and the New Buildings Institute 2014 Getting to Zero Status report includes an interactive map detailing the net-zero energy buildings that have been verified by NBI.

BDC: Is Industry Ready For Net-Zero Energy Buildings & Homes
North American Insulation Manufacturers Association co-sponsored Building, Design & Construction’s eighth White Paper on the Green Building Movement that addresses the current state of the industry on Zero and Net-Zero Energy Buildings and Homes. The paper highlights the key role that insulation and energy efficiency must play in any move toward zero energy building.

BRI: Net-Zero & Net-Positive Design
Building Research & Information article says in Shifting from net-zero to net-positive energy building, Cole and Fedoruk explore the notion of net-positive energy by viewing the role of a building in adding value to its context and systems in which it is part.

Builder & Developer: Zero Energy Market Growth Is All About Push
Builder & Developer Magazine says new research shows industry leaders are driving zero energy market momentum, not customers.

GBA: To Net Zero & Beyond
Green Building Advisor discusses where we are, really, with zero-energy homes in the US and Canada.

LBNL: Zero Net Energy Myths & Modes Of Thought
University of Michigan and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory paper Zero Net Energy Myths & Modes Of Thought outlines myths commonly discussed in the energy efficiency and renewable energy communities related to ZNE and describes how each myth is a different way of expressing the truth. It concludes that the organizations involved in ZNE should work together to create a collaborative rationality for ZNE. (PDF)

NBI: 2014 Getting To Zero Status Commercial Buildings Update
New Buildings Institute reports on 2014 Getting to Zero Status Update looks at the projects, policies and programs driving zero net energy performance in commercial buildings, examines the numbers, locations, types, ownership, and policy and program drivers for ZNE.

NREL: Net Zero Energy Home Technology Pathways
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report identifies a range of Net Zero Energy Home technology options in two categories: improved systems based on modifications of existing products; high-risk advanced system concepts. (PDF)

NZEC: 2016 Zero Energy Buildings Inventory
Net-Zero Energy Coalition online 2016 Zero Energy Residential Buildings Report contains insights into the industry, what is propelling the 33% growth, and data indicators for what is on the horizon.

NZEC: US & Canadian Zero Energy Residential Inventory
Net Zero Energy Coalition report Zero Energy Residential Inventory shows zero energy residential buildings are gaining momentum in the US and Canada. The report includes trends and market data. (PDF)

NZEH: Mapping Path To Zero: Market Acceleration Action Plan
Net Zero Energy Home Coalition report Mapping the Path to Zero: Market Acceleration Action Plan, identifies five key areas of focus for market development, including Policy & the Grid, Driving Market Demand, Finance & Real Estate, Education & Collaboration, and Products & Technologies. (PDF)

Pembina: Path To Net-Zero Energy Buildings In BC
Pembina Institute report The Path to Net-Zero Energy Buildings in BC looks at the necessary components of a roadmap to make new complex (Part 3) buildings net-zero ready. (PDF)

SER: Getting To Zero, Notes From 2013 NASEO National Forum
State Energy Report online report Getting To Zero provides summary notes, presentations, and key observations from the 2013 NASEO Getting To Zero National Forum. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

CHBA: Net Zero Energy Housing Council
Canadian Home Builders Association new Net Zero Energy Housing Council supports industry innovation with the goal of creating a market advantage for CHBA builder and renovator members.

Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition: Canadian Advocacy Group
Net Zero Energy Home Coalition is helping advance benefits of more efficient use of zero or very low impact resources including cleaner air and healthier homes, climate protection, and economic development opportunities resulting from the expanded manufacturing and deployment of energy efficient technologies and appliances and onsite renewable energy generation in Canada’s residential marketplace.

SNEBRN: Smart Net-Zero Energy Buildings Strategic Research Network
Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings strategic Research Network is a major Canadian research effort in smart net-zero energy utilization in buildings. It brings together 29 Canadian researchers from 15 universities to develop the smart net-zero energy homes and commercial buildings of the future.

US DOE: Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative
US Department of Energy program Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative aims to achieve marketable net-zero energy commercial buildings by 2025. (PDF)

US Gov: R&D Agenda For Net Zero Energy High Performance Green Buildings
This Federal R&D agenda contains six major building technology goals that define the major transformational advances needed for energy, water, and material use for Net Zero Energy, high-performance green buildings. Inspired by the building research and owner communities, the goals address R&D needs as well as implementation barriers associated with technologies that could significantly improve building performance and occupant health and productivity. (PDF)
Information Sources

BRI: Net-Zero & Net-Positive Design
Building Research & Information article says in Shifting from net-zero to net-positive energy building, Cole and Fedoruk explore the notion of net-positive energy by viewing the role of a building in adding value to its context and systems in which it is part.

CHBA: Canadian Consumer Site for Net Zero Homes
Canadian Home Builders Association has launched a new consumer website the describes features and benefits of net zero homes.

CHBA: Presentations Form 2016 NZE Builder Boot Camp
Canadian Home Builders Association provides access to the slide presentations form their 2016 Net Zero Energy Builder Boot Camp.

Living Future: Purchasable Book The Power of Zero
Living Future sells The Power of Zero: Learning from the World's Leading Net Zero Energy Buildings. It showcases the world's leading net zero energy buildings, describing examples, successful strategies, and proven performance data. Projects include commercial, residential, and institutional buildings, both new and remodeled, in an array of different climates. $40 USD

NBI: Getting To Zero Commercial Buildings Database
New Buildings Institute online Getting to Zero Buildings Database provides information about high performance commercial buildings across the United States, Canada, and beyond. It includes information on measured and modeled energy performance, environmental characteristics, design process, finances, and other aspects of each project.

NZEC: Zero Energy Residential Case Studies
Net Zero Energy Coalition online database is a centralized source of zero energy residential projects for the US and Canada.

US DOE: Zero Energy Ready Program
US Department of Energy provides information and resources on their Zero Energy Ready Home program.

Zero Energy Homes: Online Videos Of Net Zero Home Building Techniques
Zero Net Energy Homes online videos are designed to give builders and designers a quick, practical, over-view of some of the simple, cost-effective design/building techniques used in many zero energy homes.
Issues & Performance

CHBA: Canadian Net Zero Program For New Homes & Renovations
Canadian Home Builders Association has launched its Net Zero Home Labelling Program. It provides industry and consumers with a two-tiered technical requirement that recognizes Net Zero and Net Zero Ready Homes, and identifies the builders and renovators who provide them.

CHBA: CHBA Pilot Of Net Zero Energy Labelling Program
Canadian Home Builders Association has launched a pilot of their Net Zero Energy Labelling Program. It will provide the industry with a 2-tiered (NZE and NZE Ready) technical standard that will distinguish and recognize builders and renovators and their NZE homes.

CHBA: Technical Requirements For CHBA Pilot Of Net Zero Energy Labelling Program
Canadian Home Builders Association online Net Zero Energy Labelling Program Pilot provides a technical description of the requirements for homes participating in the PILOT program.

CMHC: Homeowners Experiences Living In EQuilibrium Net-Zero Homes
CMHC study The Experiences of Canadian Homeowners Living in EQuilibrium Housing Net-Zero Energy Homes includes their feedback on the performance, benefits, value, satisfaction and most appreciated features of living in a near or net-zero energy sustainable home. (PDF)

CMHC: Life-Cycle Environmental Study Of Six CMHC EQuilibrium Net Zero Homes
CMHC research project A Life-Cycle Environmental Assessment Benchmark Study of Six EQuilibrium Housing Initiative Projects assessed the extent to which targeting net zero annual energy consumption in houses can increase the material, technology, and related embodied energy intensity and environmental impacts relative to more conventional housing designs over a 20 year life cycle period. (PDF)

Energy Vanguard: Clarifying Confusing Calculations For Zero Energy Buildings
Energy Vanguard says US Department of Energy defines and calculates zero energy use based on source energy, but doing the calculations is a bit confusing.

Living Future: Net Zero Energy Building Certification
Net Zero Energy Building Certification is a program operated by the International Living Future Institute using the structure of the Living Building Challenge.

Plumbing Engineer: zEPI, The Zero Energy Performance Index
Plumbing Engineer describes the Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI) that is a new scale used to evaluate the energy usage in buildings.

PNL: Impacts Of Net Zero-Energy Homes On Western US Utility Grid
US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory prepared the report An Exploration of Impacts of Wide-Scale Implementation of Net Zero-Energy Homes on the Western Grid. It says that although minimized via utilization of advanced building technologies, Zero-Energy Homes still consume energy that must be balanced on an annual basis via self-generation of electricity, which is commonly assumed to be from rooftop photovoltaics. This results in a ZEH having a significantly different electricity demand profile than a conventional home. (PDF)

US DOE: Community-Wide Zero Energy Ready Home Standard
US Department of Energy report Community-Wide Zero Energy Ready Home Standard outlines steps a developer can take when creating and implementing high-performance standards such as the US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home standards on a community-wide scale. (PDF)
Procedures

BRIK: Optimization of Net Zero Energy Houses
Building Research Information Knowledgebase paper by Proskiw Engineering examines the issue of Net Zero Energy Home design optimization for houses located in Canada. Over 50 different Energy Conservation Measures were evaluated by performing annual energy analyses for three representative house types in four different climatic zones. By comparing energy savings and incremental construction costs, detailed recommendations were produced for each of these house/location combinations. (PDF)

Builder Magazine: How To Sell Zero Net Energy Homes
Builder Magazine says builders of energy-efficient homes should use words that appeal to consumers, not turn them off.

Builder Magazine: Installer Training Essential for Net Zero
Builder Magazine says innovative new materials design and engineering will serve as a cornerstone or a weak link in energy performance gains, depending on whether installers get it right.

Building America: Zero Energy Ready Home Checklist
Building America Solution Center online checklist manager provides links to technical guides that align with each measure included in the checklists for DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home.

Building Science: Design Challenges Of NIST Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility
Building Science describes the ten general principles for the design of net-zero energy capable houses, and specific strategies and details that were used for the design of the Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility.

Building Science: New England Net Zero Energy Production Houses
Building Science online slide show compares present and predicted future affordability of net-zero energy homes, provides an estimate of required PV price for NZEH to be an optimal solution in 2030, describes measures leading to market-rate net-zero houses, describes temperature distribution due to minimally distributed heating, explains whether or not an overall net-zero balance is achieved is highly dependent on the user, and more. (PDF)

Building Science: Zeroing In On Net Zero
Building Science describes issues and considerations around practical limits to the efficiency we can squeeze out of a house and its systems and occupant behavior.

GBA: Best Cost-Effective Path to Net-Zero Energy
Green Building Advisor offers input to an owner-builder that is looking for the most cost-effective way to build a net-zero house in Washington State.

GBA: It's Not About Space Heating
Green Building Advisor says if you're designing a net-zero-energy house, it's important to focus on domestic hot water and miscellaneous electrical loads.

GBA: Making the Case for Prefab Zero-Energy Homes
Green Building Advisor says factory-built homes can exceed the quality of site-built structures, at a lower cost and on a faster timetable.

GBA: Net Zero Conundrum
Green Building Advisor says rather than focus on individual Net Zero Energy buildings, perhaps we should be considering individual building performance, before renewables, as a higher benchmark.

GEF: Insulation Is Secret Blueprint For Net-Zero Home
Green Energy Futures describes how insulation is an Edmonton builder's secret blueprint for a net-zero home.

HME: Challenges Of Designing & Building Net-Zero Home In Cold Climate
Engineer Gordon Howell's online presentation describes the challenges and process required to build a net-zero home in Canada. (PDF)

NAPHN: Net Zero Energy Buildings, Passive House + Renewables
North American Passive House Network online ebook Net Zero Energy Buildings, Passive House + Renewables describes features, benefits, issues and considerations for net zero passive house buildings.

NESEA: 13 Best Practices For Zero Net Energy Buildings
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association shares Marc Rosenbaum's 13 strategies that most zero net energy buildings share.

NIST: Strategies To Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes
NIST report Strategies to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes: A Framework for Future Guidelines identifies potential strategies to help designers, builders, building officers, realtors and homeowners work towards achieving net-zero energy homes. (PDF)

NRCan: Identifying Affordable Net Zero Energy Housing Solutions
Natural Resources Canada report Identifying Affordable Net Zero Energy Housing Solutions outlines best practices for building affordable net-zero-energy homes and offers a wish list of improved technology. (PDF)

NZHEC: Net Zero Energy Home Coalition Industry Implementation Plan
Net Zero Energy Home Coalition's approach is to work with those who are already leading the way and making it happen, as well as those who have the desire and willingness to try. They deserve recognition for their success, support for their efforts, and help to make their jobs easier. This plan outlines where the NZEH Coalition will start, who we need to work with, and the subsequent priorities. (PDF)

RDH: Pathways to Net-Zero Buildings Retrofit
RDH Building Science online slide show presentations cover carbon neutral apartment retrofits and options for retrofit regulations at time of renovations.

Rob Dumont: Road To Net Zero
Canadian researcher and industry leader Rob Dumont presented this online slide show to the New Brunswick Home Builders Association. On the Road to Net Zero Energy Homes offers his rationale for building energy efficient homes, and describes the various Canadian projects that were built over the years, all leading to the current capabilities to building net zero. (PDF)

US DOE: Getting Enclosures Right in Zero Energy Ready Homes
US Department of Energy online Zero Energy Ready Home video delivered by Joe Lstiburek describes best practices for High-R assemblies including specific recommendations for ensuring the four critical building science control layers minimize risk of moisture problems and maximize performance.

US DOE: Marketing Zero Energy Homes
US Department of Energy case study shows marketing Zero Energy homes requires a tailored, easy to understand campaign that focuses on their high-performance benefits , not the technical details behind them. (PDF)

US DOE: Partnering To Build Net-Zero Energy Houses In Massachusetts
Building America report Partnering To Build Net-Zero Energy Houses in Massachusetts describes Transformations projects, a residential development and building company that has partnered with Building Science Corporation to build new construction net-zero energy houses in Massachusetts under the Building America program. (PDF)

US DOE: Zero Energy Ready Home Implementation Process
US Department of Energy report Zero Energy Ready Home Implementation documents the process and outcomes involved in achieving their Zero Energy Ready Home program certification standards while helping homebuilders in Climate Zones 5 and 6 in the Upper Midwest achieve ZERH certification. (PDF)

YouTube: Is There A Zero Net Energy Home In Your Future
Zerohomes online video Is There a Zero Energy Home in Your Future? is for use by builders, designers, realtors and educators to show home buyers the benefits of buying or building a Zero Net Energy Home.

ZNEH: Marketing Zero Energy Homes
Zero Net Energy Homes says as a builder or realtor selling a Zero Energy Home, it is important to recognize what people are thinking, feeling and valuing when they are in the process of purchasing a home.
Product Supply

CHBA: Cost/Benefit Analysis Of A BC High Performance Home
CHBA Net Zero Energy Housing Council online slide show presentation by Insightful Healthy Homes offers a case study on design, construction and cost/benefit analysis of the BC Zen House, a high performance home. (PDF)

New Buildings: Cost Premiums For Net Zero Buildings
New Buildings Institute report Net Zero and Living Building Challenge Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings into net-zero energy, net-zero water, and living Buildings.

NZEH: Cost Optimization Study Of Improving Energy Efficiency Of Homes In Canada
Net Zero Energy Home report Path to Net-Zero Energy Homes: Cost Optimization Study of Progressively Improving Energy Efficiency of Homes in Canada documents the uniform framework for developing specifications in different regions, with specific emphasis on methods used for the energy analysis, housing archetypes, HVAC systems and incremental cost impacts. Energy efficiency targets included 25%, 50%, 75% and net-zero (100%) better than current code requirements. (PDF)
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