White House Unveils National Definition for Buildings with Zero Operating Emissions, as Announced by USGBC
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The White House and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have unveiled a draft national definition for zero-emissions buildings, marking a significant step toward aligning the building sector for greater emissions reduction. The definition focuses on three key principles: high energy efficiency, zero on-site emissions from energy use, and reliance solely on clean energy. The forthcoming LEED v5 from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is expected to align with this definition, emphasizing energy efficiency as a crucial first step toward decarbonization. The national definition, while not legally binding, aims to provide a standardized basis for achieving zero operating emissions in buildings, fostering market alignment. The DOE has issued a request for information to gather feedback on the draft definition from various stakeholders until Feb. 5.