Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Roadmap to Zero Energy Public Buildings: Update

2019

Increasingly, states are recognizing the importance of transitioning to zero energy and carbon neutrality in order to address climate change. Nationally, the energy consumption and operations of buildings account for 40 percent of GHG emissions and energy use. NEEP is committed to assisting states in our region reach their energy efficiency and carbon reduction goals. The first roadmap published in 2012 provided states with policy and program pathways for reaching zero energy through measurable steps. The 2016 progress report profiled each state to determine progress (if any) towards implementation of the steps outlined in the original report. Between 2012 and 2016, many states in NEEP’s region made measurable progress doing things like adopting stretch codes, creating or updating statewide climate action plans, and requiring benchmarking of state or municipal-owned buildings. The 2019 update of the Zero Energy Roadmap reflects state and municipal-level policy changes states have made since the original roadmap was published in 2012 and updated in 2016.