net-zero

adjective net-ze·ro \ ˈnet-ˈzē-(ˌ)rō , -ˈzir-(ˌ)ō \

Definition of net-zero

: resulting in neither a surplus nor a deficit of something specified when gains and losses are added together
  • net-zero carbon emissions
  • The General Services Administration has sealed an unusual deal to guarantee achievement of net-zero energy consumption in a federal facility …
  • —Charles S. Clark
especially, of buildings : producing enough energy (as through solar panels or passive heating) to offset any energy consumed
  • By 2020 all new homes built in California will have to be net-zero buildings that produce enough power to offset all their energy needs …
  • —K. Kaufmann
  • Another affordable, net-zero house is under construction in North Minneapolis, and a third is in development at the school.
  • —John Cary

First Known Use of net-zero

1936

in the meaning defined above

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