The Energy Category inspires a new age of design, where the built environment thrives on renewable energy and operates year-round in a safe, pollution-free manner. It aims to prioritize reductions and optimization over technological solutions in order to eliminate wasteful spending.
This category envisions a safe, reliable and decentralized power grid. Incredibly efficient buildings and infrastructure will be powered entirely by renewable energy and without the negative externalities associated with combustion or fission.
Energy Assessment Factors:
Developers working to improve their Assessment in Energy will focus on local generation of resilient, renewable energy.
|Standard||Good||Better||Living Community Principles||Regenerative|
|Energy from grid. No renewable energy requirements greater than code.||2030 standards goal of efficiency, with some reduction goals for energy and carbon, some renewable energy. Solar PV ready.||2030 standards of efficiency met, with ongoing monitoring to maintain goals. More than 50% renewable energy used.||Net-Positive Energy 105% community energy needs met by community-generated renewable energy. No combustion-based energy. Storage for resiliency.2||All community operational energy generated from multiple diverse renewable and nonpolluting sources. Additional energy is stored on site with non-polluting technologies.|