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Panel Says Net Zero Poised for Growth

Posted By Tom Herron, National Fenestration Rating Council, Monday, March 23, 2015

The opening session during the National Fenestration Rating Council’s (NFRC) annual Committee Week Meeting in Annapolis included a panel discussion on the future of Net Zero energy.

The distinguished panelists included Daniel Huard, from USGBC Nevada and founding partner of Humann Building Solutions.

During his presentation, Huard pointed out that Net Zero energy is quickly becoming a sought after goal for many buildings around the globe, each relying on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewables to meet all of its heating, cooling, and electricity needs.

He added that the true performance of many homes and buildings is overstated and that actual Net Zero Energy structures are still rare -- but only for the time being.

Huard and fellow panelists Ellen Vaughan, Policy Director for High Performance Green Buildings, with the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C. and Kiere DeGrandchamp, President of High Performance Homes, in Gettysburg, PA also explained that the industry is poised for considerable growth.  

One especially positive sign is that an Executive Order from President Obama mandated that by 2015, 15 percent of existing Federal buildings conform to new energy efficiency standards and that 100 percent of all new Federal buildings be Zero-Net-Energy by 2030.

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