Zero Energy Buildings in Massachusetts: Saving Money from the Start

The number one obstacle to Zero Energy (ZE) buildings is the perception of increased cost. This session will debunk this myth. Utilizing readily available products, practices and technologies, Zero Energy buildings are being constructed in increasing numbers across Massachusetts. And with the help of state and utility rebates for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, these projects are being delivered at little or no additional first costs. Learn about a recent study released on this topic and hear from practitioners designing and building ZE projects of varied types in MA that make economic sense.

Session Chair(s): 

Event Time: 

Friday, August 14, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Experience Level: 

1 (no prior experience/knowledge needed)

CEU Information: 

AIA 1.5 LU/HSW

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand building and policy-oriented strategies to achieve Zero Energy Buildings at low-to-no additional costs
  • Recognize that a zero energy building is a smart and economical decision based on life cycle cost and other economic factors
  • Become aware of policies at different levels of government that can affect the ability to build Zero Energy Buildings economically
  • Distinguish between various definitions of Zero Energy and understand the applicability of each

Session ID: 

BOS20-109