Under the project, participating Green Building Councils will develop action plans, with an aim to launch a national net zero certification (which could be a stand-alone programme or added to existing certification tools such as Green Star) as soon as possible.
Alongside these certifications (developed for each GBC’s specific market), each participating GBC will create specific net zero training for green building professionals, and support the development of net zero demonstration projects within their own countries.
The long-term goal is for all new buildings and major renovations to be net zero starting in 2030, meaning no buildings should be built below net zero standards beyond 2030. 100% of buildings should be net zero by 2050
Further targets include training 75,000 professionals on net zero building by 2030, and 300,000 by 2050. All Green Building Councils which operate certification schemes, having a net zero tool in place by 2030.
Although the project will initially focus on certification and training, it’s hoped it will also encourage business and governments to adopt ambitious targets on net zero buildings.
Net Zero refers to buildings which are either ‘net zero energy’ or ‘net zero carbon’. Net zero energy buildings are highly efficient buildings that consume net zero energy (on an annual basis), meaning all the energy needed to power the building is generated through on-site renewable energy.
Net zero carbon buildings are buildings that produce net zero carbon emissions (on an annual basis). The definition of zero carbon varies across countries (and schemes), but can include an element of carbon offsetting.
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