The building industry is currently one of the largest producers of carbon emissions. By providing a clear target, a nationwide definition for what constitutes a zero-emissions building will allow the entire building industry to work together towards the same goal. It will also enable more consistent policies, incentives, and certifications surrounding zero-emissions buildings.
According to the draft definition, a zero-emissions building is one that is highly energy efficient, free of on-site emissions from energy use, and powered solely from clean energy. The draft definition is open for comment through February 5.