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Programs to Promote Zero-Energy New Homes and Buildings

September 30, 2020
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As baseline building energy codes become more stringent, and as interest in decarbonizing buildings increases, a growing number of efficiency program administrators are focusing all or a portion of their new-construction programs on zero-energy buildings and zero-energy-ready buildings. This paper discusses 20 such programs that together have an annual budget of about $65 million. These programs have collectively completed nearly 200 single-family homes, about 900 multifamily apartments, and 74 commercial buildings (with the commercial space totaling more than two million square feet of floor area). The brief provides information on the structure of these programs and lessons learned to date.

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