Recognizing Institutions that Prepare Students for 21st Century Building Careers

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    Buildings play a significant role in reaching the White House's goal of a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, so it is critical that building professionals are prepared to design and construct high-efficiency, low-carbon buildings powered by renewables. The U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Design Designation recognizes post-secondary academic programs that prepare students for 21st century building careers. ZEDD is a three-year designation, and as of 2023 almost 40 programs of study from more than 25 institutions have been recognized and supported by DOE for their great work. The University of Cincinnati received the ZEDD designation for the Net Zero Energy Design Track in Architectural Engineering Program. Tracks, majors, minors, and certificates are all eligible for ZEDD. In recent interviews with faculty from the University of Cincinnati and Appalachian State University about their experiences with ZEDD, many common topics came up. Both faculty members mentioned their students who graduate with ZEDD on their resume are often the only people in their future design firms who understand and can create net zero energy designs.
    Original languageAmerican English
    PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
    Number of pages2
    StatePublished - 2024

    NREL Publication Number

    • NREL/FS-6A42-88965

    Other Report Number

    • DOE/GO-102024-6289


    • buildings
    • education
    • low-carbon
    • ZEDD


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