Cost Control Best Practices for Net Zero Energy Building Projects: Preprint

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For net zero energy (NZE) buildings to become the norm in commercial construction, it will be necessary to design and construct these buildings cost effectively. While industry leaders have developed workflows (for procurement, design, and construction) to achieve cost-effective NZE buildings for certain cases, the expertise embodied in those workflows has limited penetration within thecommercial building sector. Documenting cost control best practices of industry leaders in NZE and packaging those strategies for adoption by the commercial building sector will help make the business case for NZE. Furthermore, it will promote market uptake of the innovative technologies and design approaches needed to achieve NZE. This paper summarizes successful cost control strategies for NZEprocurement, design, and construction that key industry users (such as building owners, architects, and designers) can incorporate into their everyday workflows. It will also evaluate the current state of NZE economics and propose a path forward for greater market penetration of NZE buildings. By demonstrating how to combine NZE technologies and design approaches into an overall efficiencypackage that can be implemented at minimal (zero, in certain cases) incremental capital cost, the domain of NZE design and construction can be expanded from a niche market to the commercial construction mainstream.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2014
EventiiSBE Net Zero Built Environment 2014 Symposium - Gainesville, Florida
Duration: 6 Mar 20147 Mar 2014


ConferenceiiSBE Net Zero Built Environment 2014 Symposium
CityGainesville, Florida

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-61365


  • cost control
  • EE
  • EE
  • energy efficiency
  • high performance
  • net zero energy
  • renewable energy (RE)


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