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From an environmental perspective, cities are already responsible for the majority of the planet’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. To meaningfully battle climate change and stay within our carbon budget, getting things right at the urban scale is critical. This article from Line/Shape/Space reports about the needs, actions and future of our buildings and urban areas. It references NBI's report, "2014 Getting to Zero Status Update". NBI tracked a growing pack of projects—with the majority of square footage in the education sector—reaching for net-zero energy. (7/15/2015) Read article

The event report from the Getting to Outcome-Based Performance Summit is available now. The report summarizes a working group's examination of the opportunities, barriers and next steps that will transition the commercial building industry to more common practice of measuring real performance outcomes based on actual energy use in an occupied building. Read More

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New Construction Guide and the Architecture 2030 Challenge

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In 2006, Architecture 2030 took a bold step: Challenge everyone involved with the built environment — designers, owners, government, utilities, operators and tenants, everyone — to reach for the goal of Zero Net Energy by 2030. Using the average performance of the American building stock at the turn of the millennium as the starting point, Architecture 2030 then set a series of target reductions that would take us to that goal: reduce energy consumption by 60% by 2010, 70% by 2015, 80% by 2020, 90% by 2025 and Zero Net Energy by 2030. Read more »

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