ACTIONS FOR ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS

New Buildings

New Building Actions

Achieving zero emissions from new buildings will require energy efficient buildings that use no on-site fossil fuels and are 100% powered by on- and/or off-site renewable energy.

Energy-efficient new construction ensures that total building energy demand is minimal, enabling carbon-free renewable energy sources to easily meet demand.

Architecture 2030 Insight

Achieving zero carbon new buildings today is not as difficult as it may once have seemed. The knowledge and technology are available in all climates, and the health, economic, and environmental benefits are well documented. Zero carbon buildings are even supported by current building energy codes—namely the national and international Zero Code (ASHRAE 90.1-2019) and the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code. Both yield highly efficient buildings that, when coupled with renewable energy for building operations, result in zero operational emissions.