Sustainable Energy

This discussion webinar takes place on Friday, March 21th, from 14h30 to 15h30.


The UK is taking the lead in sustainable building. In 2007, new housing regulations were agreed upon and go into full force in stages over the upcoming years. The regulations stipulate that from 2016 on, all new homes in the UK will have to be zero-emission for heating, hot water, cooling, ventilation, and lighting. Also ECEEE has issued a statement for new buildings to be net zero energy consumers from 2015.

But the concept ‘zero energy’ is loosely defined. And zero-energy buildings may be well beyond the cost-benefit balancing point. What about the embodied energy of materials used to reduce the last kWh’s of energy consumption? Isn’t the answer to these questions depend on climate conditions? And at what stage do other options for fighting climate change become more cost-effective than buildings?

Possible discussion points:

  • The optimum building in various climate conditions
  • What is a zero energy home?
  • Zero energy, energy-positive or off-grid buildings?
  • Embodied energy in buildings
  • Buildings and other options to combat climate change

These topics are aimed to open discussion. We welcome participants to raise their own questions and concerns into the debate.

Practical Information

The event will use the Adobe Connect webconferencing system that allows you to join the event at the single click of a button. At the time of the event, simply click to enter the webinar room and simply enter your name. No plug-in is required. Sound is over the internet, so you will need a headphone to participate (or a microphone and speakers in a private room).

This page is a live document to support the discussion webinar on the above topic before and after the event. Discussion will be continuously open on this page using the comment feature.

Background Information

Off-the-grid houses in Vermont and New Jersey

All new houses to be zero-emission

Do we all have to become power producers?

eceee: Press Release – eceee: New buildings should be net zero energy consumers as early as 2015

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