Tuesday December 23, 2014 0 comments
BOULDER - Worldwide revenue from zero energy buildings (ZEBs) is expected to total nearly $4.6 trillion from 2014 through 2035, according to a report from Navigant Research.
"Governments, corporations and homebuilders are pursuing ZEB solutions in order to reduce energy costs and minimize the carbon footprint of their buildings," said Noah Goldstein, Navigant research director.
"A number of large-scale and interesting showcase developments are paving the way for the widespread adoption of ZEBs in a few innovative regions around the world."
The report said the strongest driver for the market is regulation. Policies like the European Union's Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and California's evolving Title 24 building code have been introduced in many countries to create an emerging market that integrates highly energy-efficient building technologies with renewable power.
In some markets - particularly residential buildings in the EU - ZEBs are expected to be developed by current green building and conventional builders and suppliers as they shift their offerings to conform to the new code requirements, according to the report.
An executive summary of the report, "Zero Energy Buildings," is available for free download from the Navigant Research site.