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Ralph DiNola, Executive Director, will present at the 13th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference & Expo Thursday, April 24, in California. This green building and sustainability conference will focus on the needs and concerns of municipalities. His presentation, Net Zero by 2030: How to Meet California‚Äôs Zero Net Energy Policy, will begin  at 9:30 a.m. Learn more

NBI teamed up with the International Living Future Institute and Skanska for the Net Zero and Living Building Challenge Financial Study: A Cost Comparison Report for Buildings in the District of Columbia. The purpose of the study was twofold. First, to investigate costs, benefits and approaches necessary to improve building performance in the District of Columbia from LEED Platinum to zero energy, zero water and Living Building status. Second, to advise District government on policy drivers related to deep green buildings and to analyze the opportunities for the District to offer incentives to advance most rapidly toward zero energy, zero water and Living Buildings. Read report

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Government Leadership Creates Powerful Action on Deep Energy Efficiency and Climate Change

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Vermont, California, Kentucky, Pima County, Salt Lake City, Fort Collins, Washington DC. These communities are among those leading by example in setting zero net energy (ZNE) goals for both local policies and their own government buildings. Policymakers in these jurisdictions know that local action is critical to curbing the devastating effects carbon emissions create on the climate and simultaneously reduce energy costs across their facilities. Read more »


NBI's study shows the number of zero net energy projects has more than doubled since 2012. Read more