Leading cities and sub-national governments throughout the world have committed to reducing building sector carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 (80×50), or better. To accomplish this goal, policymakers need to implement a comprehensive policy framework that will transform all new and existing buildings to Zero Net Carbon by 2050. The Zero Tool provides a means to benchmark existing building stock in a comparable way, identify the most promising opportunities for introducing new policies, and determine how incremental performance targets can be introduced into code to increase city-wide energy efficiency, energy upgrades, and renewable energy propagation.
To benchmark multiple buildings at once, policymakers can use the Zero Tool for Portfolios, a bulk upload/export feature of the Zero Tool.
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The Zero Tool – an Architecture 2030 project – was developed for building sector professionals to establish energy reduction baselines and targets, compare a building’s energy performance with similar buildings and to codes, and understand how a building achieved its current energy performance.
Architecture 2030, in offering the Zero Tool, accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the baseline and target data estimated by the Zero Tool, or for the design of buildings utilizing Zero Tool baselines and targets. The underlying assumptions and methodologies of the Zero Tool are based on those developed by EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, and are intended to serve as guidelines when setting performance targets and understanding (relative) building performance.