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TowardsNET-ZERO A Global Forum Accelerating the Transition Towards Zero Energy & Carbon Neutral Buildings TowardsNET-ZERO is a global conference series and forum whose objective is to accelerate the transition to low and zero energy and carbon neutral buildings. Its objective is to provide major corporate and public sector real estate owners, developers and occupiers with the unique and critical insights they require to mitigate the risks and identify the opportunities of the transition towards low and zero energy buildings, representing a profound shift in the way in which buildings are designed, built and operated. Under pressure from the necessity to reduce the risk and maximise the ROI of their property investments and hedge against rising energy costs, the proliferation of carbon reduction legislation and concerns over corporate social responsibility, these major owners and occupiers of real estate are being driven to radically improve building energy performance. Leading practitioners will debate and discuss how to overcome the complex design, engineering, finance and policy challenges of this transition, enabling them to develop tactical and strategic responses to deliver the most cost effective and timely solutions to exploit these opportunities for their organisations.

TowardsNET-ZERO London – 20 November 2009 – The Tower Hotel London

The event will focus on the evolving policy frameworks, design and engineering innovations, and economic and market factors which are accelerating the shift to low energy buildings.  Comprising over 25 case study presentation and interactive sessions delivered over a single intelligence-packed day, TowardsNET-ZERO London features:

Case studies of high profile low and zero energy and carbon projects, including Volvo's carbon neutral assembly plant in Ghent, the low energy The Pearl River Tower, The Empire State Building retrofit and the Elephant and Castle regeneration project, selected by The Clinton Climate Initiative as a founding member of its global Climate Positive Development Program.

Perspectives from international associations and leading government programmes representing key stakeholders, including: Architects’ Council of Europe, The Carbon Trust, EuroACE, EuBAC, Glass for Europe, E2B EI, Climate Alliance and the European Commission Joint Research Centre's Green Building Programme, WWF, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Analyses of the impacts of EU policy and the European stimulus package on the market for energy efficiency services and products, delivered by the International Energy Agency, McKinsey and Energy Efficiency in Buildings European Initiative 


I would be interested to hear you views on the most effective drivers for real estate owners and developers, both public and private, to radically enhance the energy efficiency of their buildings. 

In particular, how would you rank and characterise the relative importance of factors such as:
A) Policy - ever more stringent carbon abatement legislation
B) Market - enhanced sale and rental prices for buildings with superior energy efficiency performance – there is some evidence from the USA and certain European markets that this may be a driver
C) Security - rising primary energy prices, anticipation that the rate of increase will accelerate and fear of potential deficits in daily peak demand versus capacity – significant depletion of North Sea gas is on the horizon, the UK is anticipated to experience a significant deficit (perhaps 30GW) in daily electricity supply towards 2015
D) Financial - return on investment in energy efficiency equipment or other measures

Also, what market conditions do you believe are required that would result in a rapid acceleration in investment in energy efficiency measures in new and especially existing buildings? 

For example, if the price differential for high performance and moderately performing buildings increases, will a market inflection point arise that will drive down the prices of properties that are not in the highest tier of energy efficiency performance, thereby provoking property owners and developers to invest in energy efficiency measures in order to safeguard the value of their investments?

I'd be really keen to get your thoughts on these topics or related issues.

Nicholas Morris - TowardsNET-ZERO