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Net Zero Greenfield versus Net Zero Brownfield – What Really is Possible?


Advances in technology and materials has allowed what was once considered impossible to be possible - the development of "Net Zero Energy" buildings. Net Zero energy buildings consume less energy than they create on an average annual basis. Some airports, (ex. SFO) are trying to develop Net Zero facilities, but are starting with new construction (as opposed to retrofitting existing buildings). Research is needed to understand what is possible with technology and materials available for achieving Net Zero for both new buildings and existing facilities.


The objective of this research is to develop guidance on the implementation and application of technology and materials available for achieving net zero energy for both new buildings and existing facilities. This guidance should take into account state and local regulations and limitations.

Sponsoring Committee:AV030, Environmental Impacts of Aviation
Date Posted:03/02/2021
Date Modified:03/10/2021
Index Terms:Brownfields, Energy conservation, Energy consumption, Airport facilities, Construction, Retrofitting,
Cosponsoring Committees: 
Terminals and Facilities

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