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Zero-energy buildings are captivating the minds of leading building owners, designers and government professionals who are guiding the way to a lower carbon future. Zero net energy buildings have moved from an abstract concept demonstrated at a few universities and non-profits 10 years ago to a more widely adopted objective, practice and policy direction. In 2014, NBI completed an update to its original 2012 study. This article was written by Cathy Higgins and published by the Journal of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The 2014 Update documents more than twice as many buildings than the 2012 study. (2/17/2015) Read more

A study prepared by Rocky Mountain Institute, Fisher Nickel, Inc. and New Buildings Institute examines the technical and financial feasibility of achieving new net zero energy restaurants in three cities: Chicago, Orlando, and Washington, DC. RealEstateRama reported that through a recently completed study, McDonald’s Corporation seeks to better understand the feasiblity of developing a net zero energy quick service restaurant. The study’s findings, including research, technical analyses, and detailed recommendations, form a roadmap for McDonald’s to pursue future net zero energy restaurants, as well as select energy efficiency solutions for existing restaurants. (1/30/2015) Read more

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The 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum – What a Smashing Success

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Earlier this month, NBI, along with its partners the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), gathered over 250 of North America’s leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate professionals at the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum. During the event, these change-makers shared perspectives on the growth of zero energy buildings, learned about best practices for successful projects and collaborated on opportunities for zero energy to transform the built environment. Read more »


Ralph DiNola, CEO, was moderator for Building a Bridge Between Design and Operations A Workshop at the Greenbuild Conference. Watch presentation

Find out which buildings are verified as or on their way to being net zero energy buildings in 2015. Read more