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Net-Zero Energy Buildings in the District

Net-Zero Energy Buildings in the District

Net-Zero Energy (NZE) buildings are generally understood as a simple concept – a building that annually consumes as much energy as it produces. These buildings minimize their greenhouse gas contributions, are cheaper to operate, provide healthier and more pleasant places to live, work and play, and will be increasingly important components of the District’s climate action plan. Clean Energy DC, the District’s detailed plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, calls for all new construction to achieve net-zero energy beginning in 2026. In light of this important goal, DOEE is committed to supporting projects pursuing NZE ahead of the statutory requirement.

The 2017 DC Energy Conservation Code defines a net-zero energy building as “a highly energy-efficient building that produces on-site, or procures through the construction of new renewable energy generation, enough energy to meet or exceed the annual energy consumption of its operations”.

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