Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) released a new report, An Integrative Business Model for Net Zero Energy Districts, revealing an innovative new approach to achieving net zero energy at a district scale that is life-cycle cost neutral compared to business as usual with lower first costs to developers.
While many elements are broadly replicable, this business case was first modeled specifically for the developer of a proposed 180-acre, 6 million square foot, mixed-use NZE development in the U.S.
Executing net-zero at the district scale represents a huge opportunity. Districts have specific opportunities and advantages that individual buildings do not, helping overcome any such (real or perceived) concerns related to upfront capital costs or higher rents passed through to tenants. The resulting NZE development is economically advantageous, all while creating a community that is more livable, healthy, comfortable, resilient, and environmentally sustainable.
The paper specifically reveals: