Designing to Zero Carbon
Whether you are interested in designing a zero-carbon new construction or looking at examples of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings, the resources below will help you understand the process of ZNE design and construction.
The Decarbonization Roadmap Guide is written for those interested in healthy, efficient, carbon neutral school design, construction and operation. It outlines achievable goals that result…READ MORE
According to Carbon Leadership Forum, embodied carbon refers to the greenhouse gas emissions arising from the manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance, and disposal of building materials. Embodied carbon is a significant percentage of global emissions and requires urgent action to address it. Below are resources to help understand and manage embodied carbon.
Building Performance Standards
A building performance standard is a policy that requires building owners to meet performance targets by actively improving their buildings over time, according to the EPA. Below are resources for building a framework for achieving carbon goals via BPS.
Written by USDN Introduction: Buildings are central to people’s lives and, with the right tools, can contribute to health and resiliency benefits, as well as…READ MORE
Written by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Summary: EPA’s Benchmarking and Building Performance Standards Policy Toolkit aims to inform and support state and local…READ MORE
Written by ACEEE Abstract: To meet long-term climate goals, substantial energy savings and greenhouse gas emissions reductions must be obtained from existing buildings. Although programs…READ MORE
Policy and Process
See Zero Carbon Policy and Process resources below.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) collaborated with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and Upright Consulting Services, a racial equity, economic inclusion,…READ MORE
Regulatory Solutions for Building Decarbonizations: Tools for comissions and other government agencies
Utilities, their regulators, and state policymakers together have an opportunity to transform American homes and businesses to run on clean energy, eliminating the fossil fuels…READ MORE
See Zero Carbon Building Electrification resources below.
Key Findings Programs to promote the electrification of space heating, water heating, and other end uses of fossil fuels in buildings are expanding across the…READ MORE
Over 40 years of evidence indicates that gas stoves, common in kitchens across the United States, can lead to unhealthy levels of indoor air pollution.…READ MORE
See Zero Carbon Energy Grid resources below.
Optimizing Building-Grid Integration in Office Buildings This factsheet recommends selected high-impact building design and operational strategies for office buildings. As we transition to a clean…READ MORE
Building to Green Building Standards
Below please find resources towards building to Green Building Standards.
See Zero Carbon Local resources below.
A wave of shock, apprehension, and anger went through the southeast Grand Rapids community in May 2016 after an air sample taken by the Michigan…READ MORE