16 Sep '12, 9am

NIST “Net Zero” Could Revolutionize Home Construction, If We Let it

NIST “Net Zero” Could Revolutionize Home Construction, If We Let it

If you’ve never heard of the National Institute of Standards and Technology before, now is the time to check out this obscure arm of the Commerce Department and see what it’s been up to. NIST has just officially opened a new energy laboratory called the Residential Net-Zero Test Facility , which is designed to look and feel just like an ordinary four-bedroom, three-bathroom suburban home. The lab will help develop better methods for measuring the impact of new home energy technologies in real life conditions. The ultimate goal is to encourage the building industry to transition more quickly into more sustainable construction and design standards. That seems like a reasonable goal that serves the public interest, right? However, a movement against planning for sustainable development has been growing in the U.S., and NIST could be setting itself up as the next target. Yes, ...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/09/nist-net-zero-agenda-21/

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