Advanced strategies for net-zero energy building: Focused on the early phase and usage phase of a building's life cycle

Jeongyoon Oh, Taehoon Hong, Hakpyeong Kim, Jongbaek An, Kwangbok Jeong, Choongwan Koo

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To cope with 'Post-2020', each country set its national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target (e.g., South Korea: 37%) below its business-as-usual level by 2030. Toward this end, it is necessary to implement the net-zero energy building (nZEB) in the building sector, which accounts for more than 25% of the national GHG emissions and has a great potential to reduce GHG emissions. In this context, this study conducted a state-of-the-art review of nZEB implementation strategies in terms of passive strategies (i.e., passive sustainable design and energy-saving technique) and active strategies (i.e., renewable energy (RE) and back-up system for RE). Additionally, this study proposed the following advanced strategies for nZEB implementation according to a building's life cycle: (i) integration and optimization of the passive and active strategies in the early phase of a building's life cycle; (ii) real-time monitoring of the energy performance during the usage phase of a building's life cycle. It is expected that this study can help researchers, practitioners, and policymakers understand the overall implementation strategies for realizing nZEB.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2272
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec 8

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgment. This research was jointly supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under grant 61070191, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China under Grant 10XNJ032.

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© 2017 by the authors.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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