Zero Energy Ready Oregon Supports Governor’s Mandate to Transform Buildings to Zero Energy Ready Performance

Post / September 11, 2018

When Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Executive Order 17-20 in the fall of 2017, she set Oregon on the path to addressing climate change by ramping up efficiency in Oregon’s buildings. Addressing building efficiency is a critical climate action strategy...

Educational Sector Leads on Zero Energy Buildings, but Lacks Retrofits

Post / January 29, 2018 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

New research by NBI looks at the reasons why existing schools don’t aim for zero. New Buildings Institute (NBI) recently released its Zero Energy* Buildings List with nearly 500 verified or emerging commercial buildings projects. Educational facilities continue to outpace...

Energy Trust of Oregon Names ZNE Fellow

Post / June 19, 2017

Shilpa Surana Oregon’s net zero energy (NZE) buildings market is getting a boost with a new Net Zero Fellow to focus on one of the major barriers to NZE adoption—money. The fellowship was awarded by the Energy Trust of Oregon...

Net Zero Fellowship

Post / December 13, 2016

In Oregon, the Energy Trust has launched a new Net Zero Fellowship. The aim is to support focused research that promotes market understanding and practices of net zero energy in commercial buildings. The fellowship will also assist in developing a...

Policies Promoting Net Zero Energy Should Focus On Efficiency First

Post / May 6, 2014

NBI and its partners, International Living Future Institute and Skanska, recently completed research on the costs associated with Zero Energy and Living Buildings™ for the District of Columbia Department of the Environment. The District has been a leader in high...

ZNE – The Story Continues…

Post / February 14, 2014

NBI’s recently released 2014 Getting to Zero Status Update provides a snapshot of the advancing zero net energy (ZNE) market in commercial buildings. While the market is still very small, the number of buildings achieving ZNE Verified performance or those...

5 Steps to Plug Load Savings

Post / July 10, 2012

In the goal of reducing energy costs, businesses–-even those in the energy efficiency industry–have historically focused on upgrades to equipment and facilities, while largely ignoring occupant behavior. But as building systems improve in efficiency, the human side of the energy...

Taking It to the Bank: Finance and Real Estate Meet on Energy Efficiency

Post / July 14, 2010

The Empire State Building–-what better icon to showcase the potential of energy efficiency to literally transform a building and a market? But the story of the Empire State Building (ESB) is really a story about money. So, the Urban Land...