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Net-Zero Leapt Ahead in 2016

Posted by Tom Rott on Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 3:34am.

Net-zero construction is growing rapidly: In 2016, 33 percent more net-zero units were built across the United States and Canada than in the previous year. In total, that's 8,023 new single-family and multifamily net-zero units added to the pipeline in one year.

Net-zero homes are structures that produce at least as much energy as they consume. More builders are experimenting with net-zero construction; prominent examples include a big suburban development in Austin called Whisper Valley, an elementary school in Staten Island, N.Y., and a new Cornell campus dormitory in New York.

Builders are also increasing the scale of such projects. Sixty-one percent of the net-zero buildings built in 2016 were part of larger multiunit projects. The largest single-family development, which is to consist of 350 units, is at University of California-Davis’s West Village.

Interest is being driven by new city- and statewide policy initiatives, regulations, and emission-reduction goals. In California alone, net-zero units surged 104 percent last year. Expect net-zero to become an even bigger niche in the coming years. Net-zero and near-zero energy buildings likely will jump to a $1.3 trillion market globally by 2025, forecasts Lux Research, a market research firm.


Read more here:
https://www.curbed.com/platform/amp/2017/6/20/15840852/construction-new-homes-green-design-net-zero


And read about Austin's own Whisper Valley here:
http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2017/05/15/austin-boasts-largest-net-zero-development


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