BOULDER, CO—Aiming to reduce energy costs and minimize thecarbon footprint of their buildings, governments, corporations, andhome-builders are pursuing zero energy building(ZEB) solutions. Also called net zero energybuildings, ZEBs bring together existing energy efficienttechnologies to form a high-performance building.

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According to a new report from NavigantResearch, worldwide revenue from ZEBs is expected to growfrom $629 million annually in 2014 to more than$1.4 trillion in 2035.

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“The global zero energy building market has many pockets ofpotential growth, but challenges remain in defining what exactly aZEB is, as well as raising awareness of the increasingaccessibility of these solutions,” says NoahGoldstein, research director with Navigant Research. “Thestrongest driver for this market is regulation, as policies likethe European Union's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive andCalifornia's evolving Title 24 building code bring ZEB markets intobeing for new commercial, new residential, and retrofittedcommercial spaces.”

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The technology and equipment associated with the buildingenvelope are developing rapidly, reducing the soft costs associatedwith ZEBs, according to the report. New developments in buildingenvelope materials, along with innovative manufacturing techniquesfor windows and glazing, should help lower the energy use intensityof buildings. This focus on improved envelopes is expected to aidthe greater building ecosystem, reducing energy costs for non-ZEBs,as well.

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The report, Zero Energy Buildings, defines and analyzesthe global market for ZEBs with a focus on six product and servicecategories: lighting, walls and roof, glazing, heating,ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, renewableenergy, and soft costs. It provides ananalysis of the region-specific and worldwide market issues,including drivers and barriers, associated with ZEBs. Global marketforecasts for revenue, broken out by region, product/service, anddevelopment type (commercial construction, commercial retrofits,and residential), extend through 2035. The reportalso examines the key technologies and services related to ZEBs, aswell as the competitive landscape. An Executive Summary of thereport is available for free download on the Navigant Researchwebsite.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.