Location selection of a building has a significant effect on the difficulty and cost effectiveness of achieving a net zero designation. The first and most obvious cause of dissention is the climate. Different climates, understandably, affect the heating and cooling load on a building, but less obvious are changes to the amount of cloud cover affecting the amount of energy used for lighting a building with daylighting sensors, and similarly the amount of solar energy available for harvest. Wind, as it was already mentioned, can vary significantly from town to town, so across different climates, there is little correlation to the resource.
Location selection of a building has a significant effect on the difficulty and cost effectiveness of achieving a net zero designation.
The second cause for difference between locations is the availability of local programs, such as the Ontario FIT program, to promote renewable technologies. Both of these will be discussed in more detail in relation to a similar net zero retail building located in Vancouver, British Columbia instead of Cambridge, Ontario.