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Post / July 14, 2016

Ever since the first commercial Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building in North America (the Lewis Center at Oberlin University) came online more than 15 years ago, sharing successes and lessons learned has been a key piece in bringing ZNE to...

Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

Post / February 22, 2016 / Zero Net Energy / Metering, Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

As zero net energy (ZNE) and other low-energy buildings become increasingly common, we have to think about how different ZNE strategies can interact with their local electricity grids. The electricity grid was built as a one-way street, with energy flowing...

An Open Letter to America’s Architects

Post / October 29, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

I love movies where life as we know it will end unless someone can stop the massive meteor, or other catastrophe, from imploding the Earth. Everybody freaks out until some unlikely hero emerges with a risky, but innovative idea to...

Do you really know how close you are to Net Zero?

Post / April 27, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

“The Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI) is a straightforward scale that fundamentally shifts how we think about and measure energy efficiency in buildings,” says Jim Edelson, NBI’s Director of Codes and Policy. Edelson traveled recently to the DOE National Energy...

Five Reasons Why Zero Energy Buildings are the Real Deal

Post / March 31, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

When New Buildings Institute published the first-ever list of verified zero energy buildings in 2012, an abstract concept turned real. These were documented examples of high-efficiency buildings coupled with onsite renewables that could produce enough energy to power themselves over...

McDonald’s Study Explores Idea of a Net Zero Energy Quick Service Restaurant

Post / March 16, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

A recently released study looks at the technical and financial feasibility of achieving new net zero energy restaurants in three cities including Chicago, Illinois, Orlando, Florida, and Washington, D.C. The study, commissioned by McDonald’s Corporation, was conducted by Rocky Mountain...

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

Post / February 23, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

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...

Teaming with Technology

Post / January 26, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

It’s mid-January and I’m sitting in the most sustainable building in the world – the Bullitt Center in Seattle. It’s a grey cool day outside (it is Seattle after all), but inside the atmosphere is bright, with no electric lights...

U.S. DOE Looks for Agreement on Zero Energy Building Standards

Post / January 21, 2015 / Zero Net Energy

Futurists look for signs that tell them what’s to come. In case you missed it, there was an arm-waving sign earlier this week when the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued a public notice asking for input on a variety...

Early adopters receive training on ZNE Buildings

Post / December 22, 2014 / Zero Net Energy

New Buildings Institute, CPUC and utilities collaborated to host two southern California training on zero net energy trends, policy and funding opportunities, case studies, and tools for communicating and planning zero energy buildings. Materials from the workshop are linked below....