Zero Energy Districts

Zero Energy Districts

Zero Energy Districts are an important pathway toward optimizing energy efficiency in new construction because of the cost savings and environmental and economic benefits they can provide. Specifically, Zero Energy Districts are designed and built to maximize energy efficiency and use renewable energy at a district scale. Zero Energy District Accelerator partners will demonstrate the practicality of taking action to cost effectively meet zero energy goals and commitments. By completing a detailed energy master plan, governance and business case model, and development pathway for a Zero Energy District, partners will identify the best practice approaches of considering well-defined energy performance goals and incentives for the entire building and district lifecycle.

Accelerators News

The latest Energy Department breaking news, announcements, and updates featuring Better Buildings Accelerators.

Better Buildings SWAP

Watch the cities of Atlanta and Boston as they swap energy teams to improve the energy efficiency of the busiest airport in the world and one of the nation's oldest libraries.

2017 Summit Presentations

Over 100 presentations from the 2017 Better Buildings Summit sessions are now available to download and share.

Featured Solutions

Most buildings today use a lot of energy -- to keep the lights on, cool the air, heat water, and power personal devices. Even installing solar systems will not significantly counter the heavy energy load. There are, however, some buildings that strike a balance; or even tip the scales the other way!

Other Resources

Fact Sheet

Zero Energy Districts provide an opportunity to optimize energy efficiency in new construction because of the integration aspects that lead to increased cost savings and environmental and economic benefits.

Guidance

Access definitions for a zero energy building which produces enough renewable energy to meet its own annual energy consumption requirements, thereby reducing the use of non-renewable energy in the building sector.

Presentations

The ZEBs just keep coming! Learn how a bank, an elementary school and a manufacturing complex are using the zero energy design process of integrating energy and architecture to become leaders in their industry.
Zero energy buildings are all the rage, but what exactly does it mean to achieve this level of performance? Learn about a national effort to develop definitions and standards for zero energy buildings, campuses, and facilities.

Video

Zero energy buildings combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources.

Webinars

This webinar covered Zero Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlighted DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators. Participants learned from experiences of those who built ZE buildings and received an overview of the growth of ZE buildings in the US.
Zero energy buildings combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite through renewable resources. Achieving zero energy is an ambitious yet increasingly achievable goal.
Buildings that produce more energy than they consume, commonly defined as zero net energy buildings, have moved from concept to reality in recent years. Can you achieve zero net energy commercial buildings at little to no cost premium? Find out!

Priorities

Partners

A-Z

Denver National Western Center
EcoDistricts
Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant Redevelopment Project
Huntington Beach, CA
National League of Cities
Rocky Mountain Institute
Sun Valley EcoDistrict
The Fresno Energy Performance District
U.S. Green Building Council
Western New York Manufacturing ZNE District
Xcel Energy

Location

California

Huntington Beach, CA
The Fresno Energy Performance District

Colorado

Denver National Western Center
Rocky Mountain Institute
Sun Valley EcoDistrict
Xcel Energy

District Of Columbia

EcoDistricts
National League of Cities
U.S. Green Building Council

New York

Western New York Manufacturing ZNE District