Barriers to zero energy buildings

What prevents investors and potential owners to construct zero energy buildings? Lets go through the list of major reasons:

  1. Lack of information – people dont know about the benefits of zero energy buildings
  2. Regulatory issues and lack of legislation – people are not doing more than necessary
  3. Lack of expertise – builders do not promote something they do not understand. Only very few designers or builders have the necessary skills or experience to build zero energy buildings.
  4. Lack of technology – means technology for new as well as for existing buildings.
  5. Cost – major problem. Costs of energy efficiency and renewable technologies are considered to be high and of little value to customers. Zero energy equipment technology price has been falling rapidly per year – there is a risk it will lessen the value of capital invested in a zero energy system.