WHY THE ZERO CODE?
We are currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history. By 2060, two out of every three people will live in cities.
By 2060, the world is projected to add 230 billion m2 (2.5 trillion sq ft) of buildings, or an area equal to the entire current global building stock. This is the equivalent of adding an entire New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next 40 years.
Improvements in building sector energy efficiency and growth in renewable energy generating capacity have not been nearly enough to offset the increase in emissions from new construction. Only by eliminating CO2 emissions from new building operations will we begin to reduce building sector emissions before they are locked-in for the foreseeable future.