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RFI: DOE Developing a National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building - Due 02/05/2024

Opportunity Title:

Biden-Harris Administration Releases Request for Information on Developing a National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building


Department of Energy (DOE), Building Technologies Office (BTO)


The DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) has issued an RFI to gather input on the draft National Definition for Zero Emissions Buildings. This initiative aligns with President Biden's goals of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2035. The RFI seeks feedback on Part 1, focusing on zero operating emissions, aiming to define buildings as highly energy-efficient, emission-free from on-site energy usage, and solely powered by clean energy. Establishing this definition is vital for driving the transition to zero emissions buildings, cutting energy costs, and bolstering climate resilience.

Mitigating emissions in the building sector is crucial for addressing the climate crisis and benefiting disadvantaged communities. Buildings currently contribute significantly to US greenhouse gas emissions, with a clear definition expected to reduce emissions, save consumers money, create economic opportunities, and mitigate climate-related financial risks.

The finalized definition will provide a standardized framework for reducing building sector emissions, with leading green building programs and federal assistance programs expected to adopt it. Part 1 emphasizes zero operating emissions, with future iterations likely to consider additional factors like embodied carbon and refrigerant usage, , and other key elements. As is proposed currently, the definition of a zero operating emissions building is one that is:

  1. Highly energy efficient,

  2. Free of on-site emissions from energy use, and

  3. Powered solely from clean energy

Interested parties can access the full draft for review and provide feedback through the RFI process, informing the final version of the National Definition for Zero Emissions Buildings.


  • Industry

  • Academia

  • Research Laboratories

  • Government Agencies, and

  • Other stakeholders on Part 1 of a draft National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building


RFI Submissions Due February 05, 2024


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