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In early February 2015, over 250 policymakers, designers, building owners, commercial real estate professionals and others gathered at the Getting to Zero National Forum in Washington D.C. The event showcased the growing momentum for zero energy buildings -- high efficiency structures that consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite with renewable resources -- and examined opportunities to drive zero and exemplary energy performance. This report describes the outcomes of the event including key themes that emerged from the presentations and discussion.
Program and presentations from the forum are also available.
At the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum, NBI Research Director Cathy Higgins presented the numbers and names of zero energy-verified buidlings as well as emerging projects. The list represents 29 verified and another 152 emerging projects across North America. This slide set shows the numbers, types and aspects of these ultra-efficient structures.
New Buildings Institute conducted research to identify buildings with targets or actual outcomes of net zero energy. These results were published in ‘ZNE Status Reports’ in early 2012 and 2014. NBI continues to track and document buildings with low and zero energy to support the market and policy interest in this data. This 2015 list of buildings is an interim count based on this ongoing work.
This document details the program for the 2015 Getting to Zero National Forum held Feb. 1-3 in Washington, DC. The event brings together leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate professionals to share perspectives on the growth of zero energy buildings, learn about best practices for successful projects and collaborate on opportunities for zero energy to transform the built environment.
With Zero Net Energy (ZNE) a growing building design and energy policy trend, design firms and owners are striving to meet heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) loads with optimum comfort and minimal energy. Indirect Evaporative Cooling (IEC) offers a highly efficient way to cool an indoor space without raising the humidity.This ZNE Technology Application Guide provides an overview of Indirect Evaporative Cooling - an approach that can be combined with, or in some cases replace, traditional or advanced cooling systems to significantly reduce cooling energy use.
Improved lighting efficiency has long been a major strategy to reduce the energy use in buildings. These savings have traditionally come from improved efficiency of lamps and ballasts. Today, deep energy reductions and Zero Net Energy (ZNE) are possible by continually controlling each of these efficient fixtures in response to varying details within the space. This guide provides an overview of luminaire-level lighting control (LLLC). The full LLLC approach provides controllability at each fixture with real-time energy tracking and data collection.
Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is the future, and in a growing number of places the present, of building design and energy policy. A growing strategy to get to ZNE is to separate the building’s heating/cooling from the ventilation/dehumidification. Design firms and owners are striving to meet heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) loads with optimum comfort and minimal energy. Radiant systems can provide heating and cooling through pipes while ventilation and any humidity control requirements are efficiently met by a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS). This guide provides an overview of Radiant Heating and Cooling + DOAS systems.
NBI poster presentation from the 2014 ACEEE Summer Study, "Measures for Base Codes, Stretch Codes and Utility Programs". This poster was originally created for a very large print format.
New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. Learn more in this print friendly factsheet.
This study investigates the anticipated cost differential between a set of three reference buildings designed to the LEED Platinum standard and those same three buildings conceptually designed for deep energy efficiency, net zero energy, net zero water and adherence to the Living Building Challenge™. The study summarizes the cost premium range for each building type, uncovers challenges associated with the large size of commercial buildings in the District of Columbia and provides policy recommendations for addressing them.