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When I say “net zero building,” you probably think I mean the store where you procure cut-rate internet service. But alas, they do not have stores, and “net zero building” really means a structure that uses no more energy than it produces, or imports, from renewable energy sources.
A new initiative called the 2050 Imperative was just adopted by The International Union of Architects (UIA), which will aim to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from the built environment worldwide by 2050. The UIA is like the UN of architecture, and represents 1.3 million architects around the world, including the AIA. This new initiative has a series of comprehensive goals, but the net zero mission is the boldest.
To see what a net zero world might look like in 2050, here are some of our favorite net zero buildings from the Architizer database.
This refurbishment of an existing single family home is designed to be light and open and airy. The house is net zero via insulated concrete forms, structural insulated panels, high-performance windows, cementitious siding, and a solar photovoltaic system sized to cover all of the energy usage.
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