Ambitious Statewide Roadmap Towards Zero Energy Homes Announced

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Firm helps recommend new standards for zero energy home and building construction in Massachusetts.

After months of in-depth deliberation, the task force developed recommendations that provide a clear pathway to achieve dramatic reductions in both energy consumption and carbon emissions for homes and buildings across Massachusetts

ZeroEnergy Design, an architectural design and mechanical engineering firm, was part of the Residential Workgroup of Governor Duval Patrick's Zero Energy Net Energy Buildings Task Force (ZNEB). Governor Patrick's main charge to the task force was to put the private sector commercial and residential building sectors on a path toward (1) broad marketability of zero net energy buildings by 2020 and (2) universal adoption of zero net energy practices for new construction by 2030.

A zero net energy building is one that is optimally efficient and, over the course of a year, generates energy onsite, using clean renewable resources, in a quantity equal to or greater than the total amount of energy consumed onsite.

At the recent New England Sustainable Energy Association's Building Energy '09 Convention, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles announced the release of the ZNEB report to address the Governor's charge. The report represents a list of the task force's findings and recommendations concerning energy performance standards, energy tracking, financial and regulatory barriers, and education and workforce development.

Ten recommendations were made for the residential sector of Massachusetts, including developing a Massachusetts Home Energy Rating System, measuring and providing annual energy use data in all homes by 2012, and requiring home energy ratings in conjunction with specific transactions, inspections, or renovations. At the core of the recommendations was establishing energy performance standards for new homes and major renovations based on the HERS Index, and over time raising the minimum performance requirements until reaching zero. Currently, the Governor's Office is reviewing the report for implementation.

"After months of in-depth deliberation, the task force developed recommendations that provide a clear pathway to achieve dramatic reductions in both energy consumption and carbon emissions for homes and buildings across Massachusetts" said Emile Chin-Dickey, a Principal at ZeroEnergy Design. "We are proud to be part of the Governor's initiative to improve the energy performance of all future construction in Massachusetts."

Zero Energy Net Energy Buildings Task Force Report

About ZeroEnergy Design:
ZeroEnergy Design, an architectural design and mechanical engineering firm, helps individuals, builders, and developers to achieve increased energy performance for homes and buildings throughout the United States. The firm designs new high performance residences for individuals, and provides energy modeling and cost analysis services for commercial and residential clients with a design already in hand. The unique collaboration between in-house architectural designers, mechanical engineers, and financial analysts drives a competitive advantage and enables the firm to deliver fully integrated design services. ZeroEnergy.com

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