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34% of archirtects say that 76-100% of their
76-100%

34%

NEW BUILDING DESIGNS include
Natural Gas equipment

64% believe this has INCREASED over the past 5 years

0-25%

8%

51-75%

34%

TOP REASONS
for
INCREASE

26-50%

23%

24% higher DEMAND / more asking for it 9% better for ENVIRONMENT
18% more COST EFFECTIVE in long run
8% increased a lot
15% BETTER in general / OVERALL
6% CLEANER

n=212

15% believe this has DECREASED over the past 5 years
TOP REASONS
for
DECREASE

42% other ENERGY ALTERNATIVES available 13% ELECTRIC BETTER /more
moving to Electric
23% more RENEWABLE RESOURCES
13% CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES

Building Designs that Have Natural Gas Equipment and Natural Gas Usage Over the Past Five Years

There are some potential roadblocks,
however. Overall pricing, building
codes and utility policies were the
most mentioned reasons for negative
perceptions related to adding natural
gas. Environmental rationales were also
mentioned, though not mentioned as a
primary roadblock, but ties directly into
net zero.
Roughly one-third stated that 76
percent to 100 percent of new building
designs have natural gas (see graphic
above). More importantly, two-thirds
stated an increase in natural gas in their
designs over the past five years. Primary
reasons that drive this increased usage are
higher demand, more cost effectiveness
in the long run and better overall.
What will be interesting to watch over
the next several years though are those
that say there is a decrease in natural gas
in new building designs. This study shows
that 15 percent stated that natural gas
usage in building designs has decreased
over the past five years mainly driven by
other energy alternatives available, such
as solar, and more renewable resources.
While this is the standpoint of a smaller
subset of respondents, it is driven mainly
by specific regional areas of the country.
Another important finding from the
research highlights that commercial
architects identified their primary
source of information about natural

gas applications as the utility company
followed by the Department of
Environmental Affairs and their state
environmental department. Knowing
this, natural gas utility companies are in
a prime position to continue to inform,
educate and determine how natural gas
plays in the net zero space.
Net Zero - Familiarity,
Influence and Opinions
Familiarity of net zero buildings in
relation to commercial architecture
design is split almost in half with 56
percent stating that they are very
familiar while the rest state that they are
somewhat familiar or not familiar at all.
While this speaks to where we sit today,
further findings (see graphic below)
indicate that this will increase in the

future. When asked about the likelihood
to design a building using net zero
design codes in the next 12 months, five
years and 10 years, those who said they
are extremely likely (nines and 10s on a
10-point scale), increased by 16 percent
over a 10-year timeframe.
Overall impressions and influence
of net zero appear to be on the fence.
Slightly less than half stated that net
zero is extremely influential in the
future of commercial architecture and
equally as many provided a middle of
the road rating of six, seven or eight,
which identifies that "the jury is still out."
Overall impressions of net zero building
design were very similar. Roughly half
said their impression of net zero is
excellent and 40 percent sit right in that
same middle rating.

42% extremely likely (Top 2 Box) in the next 12 MONTHS
42%

T2B

41%

17%

M3B
B5B

55% extremely likely (Top 2 Box) in the next 5 YEARS
55%

T2B

35%

10%

M3B
B5B

58% extremely likely (Top 2 Box) in the next 10 YEARS
58%

T2B

38%

5%

M3B
B5B

Likelihood of Usage of Net Zero Building Design Codes in the Future

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Winter 2016

First Person
APGA Events
Industry Update: Furnace Rule Report
The Future of Natural Gas in Zero Energy Building Design
Bringing Success to Succession in the Utility World
Taking a Fresh Look at Distributed Generation and CHP
Why Energy Codes Matter and How They Impact Your Utility
Environmental Group and Utility Work Together
Legislative Outlook
The Pipeline
Marketing Matters
At Last
Advertisers’ Index/ Advertiser.com
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Industry Update: Furnace Rule Report
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THE SOURCE - Winter 2016 - Bringing Success to Succession in the Utility World
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