A Conversation on Zero Net Energy Buildings

Paul Torcellini, Charles Eley, Smita Gupta, Jon McHugh, Bing Lui, Cathy Higgins, Jessica Iplikci, Michael Rosenberg

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Recently, zero net energy (ZNE) buildings have moved from state-of-the-art small project demonstrations to a more widely adopted approach across the country among various building types and sizes. States such as California set policy goals of all new residential construction to be NZE by 2020 and all commercial buildings to be NZE by 2030. However, the market for designing, constructing, and operating ZNE buildings is still relatively small. We bring together distinguished experts to share their thoughts on making ZNE buildings more widespread and mainstream from a broad perspective, including governments, utilities, energy-efficiency research institutes, and building owners. This conversation also presents the benefits of ZNE and ways to achieve that goal in the design and operation of buildings. The following is a roundtable conducted by ASHRAE Journal and Bing Liu with Charles Eley, Smita Gupta, Cathy Higgins, Jessica Iplikci, Jon McHugh, Michael Rosenberg, and Paul Torcellini.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)38-49
Number of pages12
JournalASHRAE Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5500-70147


  • buildings
  • zero net energy


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