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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.

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.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2014.960783
  • Abstract:
    To have market relevance and gain widespread market adoption, zero energy buildings (ZEBs) will need to be designed and constructed cost-effectively, and preferably without additional costs. An approach was developed to create low-energy buildings without additional construction costs such that it yielded innovation in building technology and integration by the market. A case study of the implementation of this method is presented to provide a data point that ZEBs can be built with zero cost increase. Documenting cost-control best practices and packaging those strategies for adoption by the commercial building sector will help make the business case for ZEBs for mainstream construction and promote market uptake of the innovative technologies and design approaches needed. The holistic implementation of cost-control strategies will enable ZEBs to be designed and constructed on a typical budget. The current state of ZEB economics is evaluated and a path forward is proposed for greater market penetration of ZEBs. By demonstrating how to combine ZEB technologies and design approaches into an overall efficiency package that can be implemented at minimal (zero, in certain cases) incremental capital cost, the domain of ZEB design and construction can be expanded from a niche market to the commercial construction mainstream.