In April 2008 the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the Executive Office of the President of the United States held a Workshop on "Net Zero Energy" High Performance Green Buildings. The scope was to define the R&D activities that could decrease use of natural resources and improve indoor environments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants from the building sector.  NEMA participated in the workshop, and its suggestions for areas that need to be researched and developed to achieve the net-zero energy building goal were included in the final report.The specific items proposed were:  (1) Integrate distributed generation and on-site renewable resources into the electrical power grid. (2) Develop energy storage technologies.  NEMA has established a Smart Grid Advisory Panel, a High Performance Buildings Council, and an Energy Storage Council to support standardization work needed to implement the necessary infrastructure for this massive endeavor.

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