Net Zero and Living Building Challenge Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings

Report / April 16, 2014 / Zero Net Energy

This study investigates the anticipated cost differential between a set of three reference buildings designed to the LEED Platinum standard and those same three buildings conceptually designed for deep energy efficiency, net zero energy, net zero water and adherence to the Living Building Challenge™. The study summarizes the cost premium range for each building type, uncovers challenges associated with the large size of commercial buildings in the District of Columbia and provides policy recommendations for addressing them.

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This study investigates the anticipated cost differential between a set of three reference buildings designed to the LEED Platinum standard and those same three buildings conceptually designed for deep energy efficiency, net zero energy, net zero water and adherence to the Living Building Challenge™. The study summarizes the cost premium range for each building type, uncovers challenges associated with the large size of commercial buildings in the District of Columbia and provides policy recommendations for addressing them.