Zero: The Path to 2030 for Buildings Defined

This course provides insights into creating consensus about Zero-Energy Buildings and gives implementation guidelines to plan, design, and operate a ZEB.


Zero-energy buildings (ZEBs) have enormous potential to transform the way buildings use energy. Large private commercial property owners are interested in developing ZEBs to meet corporate goals. Federal governmental agencies, along with many state and local entities, are starting to move toward zero-energy targets.

However, there's no established consensus on what constitutes a ZEB. We need a widely accepted definition—and process to measure achievement—so that governments, utilities, and private entities can actually recognize and incentivize ZEBs.

This course will provide insights, including through the use of case studies, to push us closer to the goal of defining a ZEB. 

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

•    Identify the key elements required to make a Zero Energy Building and establish a common language to communicate with owners, designers, standards developers and policy advocates.

•    Assess a building to determine if it will be capable of becoming a ZEB in both in design ultimately in operation.

•    Understand the relationships between energy source and type and building site boundary to develop ZEB for a variety of settings from individual buildings to campus settings to distributed build.

•    Make use of a common, shared definition and implementation guidelines to implement ZEB in practice to help meet the goals of Architecture 2030 in the public and private sector.

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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
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  • Roger J. Grant

    CSI, CDT

    Program Director, National Institute of Building Sciences

    Roger J. Grant, CSI, CDT, is a Program Director for the National Institute of Building Sciences (...
  • Kent Peterson


    Vice President/Chief Engineer, P2S Engineering, Inc.

    Kent Peterson is VP and Chief Engineer at P2S Engineering in California with over 30 years of...
  • Sonia Punjabi

    Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Fellow, U.S. Department of Energy

    Sonia led the commercial new construction and major retrofits portfolio for the Building...