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New report on Zero Energy Building definitions and policy activity

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IPEEC’s Buildings Energy Efficiency Task Group (BEET) has just released its seventh publication on energy efficiency in the buildings sector, BEET 7, which focuses on zero energy or emissions buildings (ZEBs). While the precise term varies, ZEBs generally refer to highly efficient buildings that use renewable technology to produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year. The difficulty lies in the variety of metrics used to establish ‘zero’ energy or emissions, in addition to different energy consumption and production boundaries that make direct comparisons hard.

To address this challenge, the new report provides an overview of relevant definitions covering all types of ZEBs, as well as regulatory policies, implementation approaches, sector wide market progress and lessons learned from IPEEC member countries and other leading national and sub-national governments. It also emphasises the importance of supporting and incentivising ZEB policies at all levels of government in order to achieve growth and progress in this area.

The BEET7 report offers energy and building policy makers a practical way to better understand and navigate the many definitions on standards for measuring building energy consumption and make the most appropriate policy choices.

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