The article notes the urgency for these definitions: “Net Zero energy is quickly becoming a sought-after goal for many buildings around the globe – each relies on exceptional energy conservation and then on-site renewables to meet all of its heating, cooling, and electricity needs.”

The certification will verify that the building actually operates as claimed, “harnessing energy from the sun, wind, or earth to exceed net annual demand.”

The article includes an overview of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California — an attractive and inspiring Net Zero Energy Certified building with impressive energy savings.

Read the whole article here.