One Architect Tries to Define ‘Net Zero Energy Building’

Is the term awash with greenwash?

March 17, 2015

Architect and green building critic Lloyd Alter poses the question: What the heck is a net zero energy building?

His treatise, featured on the Mother Nature Network, points out that there are many definitions of the term coming from a variety of entities.

“There are dozens of different definitions, standards, interpretations and designations. We have covered a carbon positive house and a carbon negative data center and they are both doing the same thing,” Alter writes, adding, “And for everybody's sake, let's come up with some international definitions, preferably comprehensible and sensible ones.”

Read Alter’s full piece on the Mother Nature Network.

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