In the second quarter of 2016, over 100 industry executives, including contractors, surveyors, civil engineers and architects were surveyed, to obtain an understanding of the state of ZEB utilization.
The results of this survey reveal an increase in awareness of ZEBs over the past year among those working in the construction industry. However, this has not been mirrored in participation rates, with the majority of respondents not currently working on any ZEB projects. Nonetheless, there was a clear expectation that participation would increase within the next five years.
Respondents identified a number of obstacles and factors that are preventing greater investment in ZEB projects. These include ZEB projects currently lacking financial viability, with greater government assistance being required, and also a widespread deficiency in terms of the knowledge and skills necessary to complete ZEB projects. However, the widespread adoption of ZEBs and the related technologies in the near future was widely viewed as being inevitable.
The report provides detailed market analysis based on a survey of contractors, surveyors, architects and others involved in the construction industry worldwide to assess awareness levels, participation rates and barriers to growth for the zero-energy building sector.
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Zero-energy buildings have traditionally been viewed as a niche sector within the wider energy-efficient construction and sustainable construction spheres, with generally low levels of awareness outside Western Europe. However they are now gaining recognition across multiple regions and construction sectors as an increasingly feasible form of construction owing to an increase in the financial viability of efficient technologies.
Nevertheless, actual investment in ZEB projects remains low, with financial efficiency and profit generation the key drivers among respondents in terms of energy-efficient practices. A lack of demand and a perceived lack of financial return are stalling the growth of ZEBs in the private sector, although there are numerous examples of ZEB projects in government and educational developments.
A lack of technical knowledge in relation to ZEBs and associated technologies was viewed as a major barrier to their implementation. While few respondents were willing to commit to ZEB certified projects in the next 12 months, respondents stated they were more likely to certify their projects as ZEBs over the next five years.
2. KEY FINDINGS
3. PERCEPTION AND AWARENESS OF ZERO ENERGY BUILDINGS
4.1. ZEBs are gaining recognition
4.1. Participation is set to pick up
4.1. Certification is becoming more commonplace
4.1. Greater efficiency is a key driver
4. INCENTIVES AND BARRIERS
4.2. Financial incentives are key to growth
4.3. Lack of market demand is an obstacle
4.4. Knowledge and skills gaps are a concern
5. FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
8.1. Further Information
List of Tables
Table 1: Current level of awareness in ZEBs
List of Figures
Figure 1: Level of attention currently given to ZEBs within respondents companies in comparison to a year ago
Figure 2: Proportion of projects completed over the last 12 months that were zero energy or nearly zero energy
Figure 3: Proportion of projects certified by the following green building certification programs
Figure 4: Main drivers which influences respondent’s energy efficient practices
Figure 5: Incentives currently offered to encourage the growth of Zero Energy Buildings
Figure 6: Most important incentives for encouraging the growth of Zero Energy Buildings
Figure 7: ‘Current government subsidies in my market are not substantial enough to warrant a move towards zero energy buildings, it is not economically viable in the present climate’
Figure 8: The biggest obstacles to the development of zero energy buildings
Figure 9: Do you intend to achieve NZEB or ZEB status in any of your projects in the next 12 months?
Figure 10: Do you intend to achieve NZEB or ZEB status in any of your projects in the next 5 years?
Figure 11: - Which project sector will make the greatest advances towards zero energy buildings in the next five years?
Figure 12: - Which geographical region is most likely to embrace zero energy construction?
Figure 13: - ‘A move towards zero energy buildings within the construction industry is inevitable in the near future regardless of regulatory environment or available subsides’