Achieving Zero Framework:

Phasing out CO2 emissions in the urban built environment by mid-century

Reaching zero carbon emissions in the built environment by 2050 is critical if we are to successfully manage climate change. Achieving Zero is a framework and set of tools to help national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and regional) meet this target.

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Buildings upgraded to comply with the framework will increase the demand for high-performance building products and services from local vendors, creating a new economic driver and generating thousands of new permanent jobs.


Achieving Zero will enable individuals and neighborhoods to continue to prosper even in times of environmental and economic strain, building enhanced resiliency through an upgraded building stock and a thriving local economy.


Achieving Zero helps reduce the disparity in climate-related impacts across all urban communities while creating new models for financing, community ownership and co-benefits for those who typically lack access.


Determine a buildings’ progress to Zero Net Carbon, based on location, building type and size. The tool is applicable to new and existing buildings.


The ZERO Code for commercial and mid-rise/high-rise residential buildings is a zero-net-carbon standard that addresses energy efficiency, building systems, and both on-site and the procurement of off-site renewable energy.

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