An insider’s guide to talking about carbon neutral buildings


Written by NBI

Addressing carbon neutral building operations matters
The urgency around climate change is pressing us to rethink our approach to delivering and using energy in buildings and how this relates to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) emissions. As buildings represent 40% of the energy used in the United States and 39% of the carbon footprint, action on the built environment is imperative to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Carbon neutral building operations will reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and be part of the solution to keeping global temperature rise under 1.5 degrees.

The building sector is shifting from decades of regulation and programmatic oriented on energy efficiency (kWh and therms) to governmental action centered on carbon and greenhouse gas emission reductions (CO2e). While energy and carbon metrics are related, they are not the same.
But what does it mean to deliver on carbon neutral building operations?
This document aims to provide a framework to help us talk about the current transition consistently and with clarity.

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