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Cole, R J and Fedoruk, L (2015) Shifting from net-zero to net-positive energy buildings. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 111-20.

Georges, L, Haase, M, Houlihan Wiberg, A, Kristjansdottir, T and Risholt, B (2015) Life cycle emissions analysis of two nZEB concepts. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 82-93.

Gibberd, J (2015) Measuring capability for sustainability: the Built Environment Sustainability Tool (BEST). Building Research & Information, 43(01), 49-61.

Joustra, C M and Yeh, D H (2015) Framework for net-zero and net-positive building water cycle management. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 121-32.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2015.961002
  • Abstract:

    Consumption of limited energy, water and material resources within the building sector drives the need for integrated building management strategies that alleviate the pressure placed on the environment. Net-zero buildings balance the inputs with outputs in order to offset negative external impacts associated with structure operations. Historically the net-zero concept has been applied to the building energy budget; however, the popularity of achieving net-zero compliance has expanded to carbon emissions, waste generation and water consumption. Concordant to the building energy subsystem, the water subsystem consists of multiple demands and sources that dynamically interact. The resultant building water cycle is unique to each building; and thus a generic strategy toward net-zero water compliance does not apply. Distinct differences between energy and water infrastructure components result in variant management strategies for net-zero or regenerative achievement. The application of net-zero concepts to the water sector is investigated, and a conceptual framework for the achievement of a net-positive building water cycle that increases the sustainability and resilience of the urban and natural environments is presented. Regenerative buildings producing a net-positive water impact must fulfil quantity, quality, spatial and temporal prerequisites.

Lützkendorf, T, Foliente, G, Balouktsi, M and Wiberg, A H (2015) Net-zero buildings: incorporating embodied impacts. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 62-81.

Pan, W and Ning, Y (2015) A socio-technical framework of zero-carbon building policies. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 94-110.

Pearl, D S and Oliver, A (2015) The role of 'early-phase mining' in reframing net-positive development. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 34-48.

Renger, B C, Birkeland, J L and Midmore, D J (2015) Net-positive building carbon sequestration. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 11-24.

Torcellini, P, Pless, S and Leach, M (2015) A pathway for net-zero energy buildings: creating a case for zero cost increase. Building Research & Information, 43(01), 25-33.