DOE pursues zero-net energy commercial buildings

The Dept. of Energy has launched the Zero-Net Energy Commercial Building Initiative.

By Amara Rozgus August 6, 2008

U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency David Rodgers on Aug. 5 announced National Laboratory Collaborative on Building Technologies Collaborative (NLCBT).

These two efforts both focus on DOE’s ongoing efforts to develop marketable Zero-Net Energy Commercial Buildings, buildings that use cutting-edge efficiency technologies and on-site renewable energy generation to offset their energy use from the electricity grid by 2025.

The announcement was made at the California Clean Tech Open, a competition that supports innovative and sustainable new businesses which focus on energy efficiency, smart power, renewable energy, transportation, green building technologies, pollution control, and resource management. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory will help sponsor the 2008 California Clean Tech Open , a business plan competition that supports the development of clean technology companies.