13 Aug '12, 1pm

Why the next wave of green buildings will focus on net zero

Why the next wave of green buildings will focus on net zero

Editor's Note: To learn more about net-zero buildings, check out VERGE@Greenbuild , November 12-13, in San Francisco. As the green buildings movement matures, the next wave of venture capital will center on startups that make net-zero operations possible. Net-zero buildings produce as much energy as they consume, requiring investments in both energy efficiency measures and in renewable energy generation. Much of the early green buildings venture capital -- which totaled $4 billion over the past 12 years -- has gone to addressing the first problem, but that strategy is shifting, according to Lux Research. "Early VC investors are looking for exits for the first wave of successful green buildings startups and the seeds of the next crop are being sown in on-site generation and sustainable materials," says Ryan Castilloux, analyst for Lux Research and lead author of "Building a...

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