There's nothing stopping the next business on the block from building a zero-energy building.
Well, except the cost of unique equipment and materials. And finding contractors with the know-how.
Which is why the Commercial Buildings Initiative has formed. It recognized that technology isn't the barrier to reducing energy use at new buildings (by 80%, according to its estimate). The barriers are cost and expertise.
The group's goal is revolution, at least in terms of building practices for "every type of useoffice towers (both client-owned and leased), industrial facilities, shopping malls, hospitals, schools, government facilities and the like." So far, the group has held workshops and plotted a course.
Several government agencies, business groups and private organizations have set the goal of making new buildings energy neutral meaning they produce as much energy as they consume by about 2030.
The CBI is trying to crack the toughest nut: How to actually make it happen.
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