Zero Carbon Certification
The ILFI Zero Carbon Certification is the first worldwide Zero Carbon third-party certified standard. It recognizes the growing interest and focus on a broad-based tool for highlighting highly efficient buildings which offset their energy use, regardless of location of renewables, as well as accommodating previously-built combustion-based infrastructure. The ILFI Zero Carbon Standard is as follows: One hundred percent of the project’s energy use must be offset by on- or off-site renewable energy on a net annual basis. Projects must achieve a high level of energy efficiency as established by the ILFI. New projects may not include combustion. During a one-year performance period, buildings must achieve a targeted energy efficiency level. Existing projects may use any type of energy, including those that are combustion based. One hundred percent of the project’s energy use must be offset by on- or off-site renewable energy on a net annual basis. The project must provide offsetting renewables which have the equivalent of 15 years of project power, provide additionality, and have durable ownership integrity associated with the project. Complete requirements are outlined below.