The Zero Code is a Renewable Energy Procurement Framework that provides cities and states guidance for including renewable energy as part of their strategy to achieve zero-carbon buildings.
WHY THE ZERO CODE?
We are currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history: by 2060, we will double our current global building stock. Only by eliminating CO2 emissions from new building operations will we begin to reduce building sector emissions overall.
The Zero Code Renewable Energy Procurement Framework supports the development of decarbonization policies with on- or off-site renewable energy requirements for meeting a building’s anticipated energy needs. It is an essential tool in any policymaker’s toolbox to meet their building decarbonization goals.
renewable energy procurment framework
The Zero Code Renewable Energy Procurement Framework works alongside energy efficiency, electrification measures and other decarbonization strategies to support the construction of code-compliant, zero-carbon buildings that use local clean energy.
STREAMLINING IRA FUNDING APPLICATIONS
APP IN A BOX
App in a Box is designed to streamline the application process for jurisdictions applying for IRA funding from the DOE. Generally, IRA funds may provide technical assistance for adoption of the latest building energy code, a zero-energy code, or equivalent building codes and standards; building performance standards; workforce training; assistance with compliance and enforcement; implementation support; development of tools and analysis; and for education and outreach.
THE 2022 ZERO CODE FOR CALIFORNIA
The 2022 Zero Code for California is a zero carbon building energy standard for new non-residential, high-rise residential, and hotel/motel buildings, the prevalent building types being constructed in cities today. Its energy efficiency standard will be the upcoming 2022 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES).
Carbon Smart Materials Palette
In order to truly decarbonize the built environment, we must eliminate fossil fuel carbon emissions from both building operations and embodied carbon. To address the urgency of embodied carbon reductions, Architecture 2030 has launched the Carbon Smart Materials Palette.
The Carbon Smart Materials Palette identifies high-impact building materials and the attributes that contribute to their carbon impact, and provides strategies and options for reducing their emissions.