What is Net Zero

What is a Net-Zero Building?

The buildings where we work, learn and live are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings generate approximately 35 per cent of all greenhouse gases.

Net zero buildings reduce greenhouse emissions by using less fossil fuels. The total energy used by net zero buildings on an annual basis is roughly equal to the renewable carbon-free energy created on site.

A zero carbon approach to new construction can help meet Canada’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College has been designed to incorporate leading-edge energy harvesting and conservation technologies and techniques. At 96,000 square feet, the $54 million centre is Canada’s largest, and Hamilton’s first, net zero institutional building.