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Designing with Communities, not for Communities: Equity in ZNE

Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings have a stigma of being high-cost buildings for the bottomless budget. In fact, ZNE costs are in line with other green buildings. As a benefit, ZNE buildings are higher performing, offering superior comfort, healthier places to work and live, and have lower energy bills. However, it is crucial to consider the communities adjacent to the building and the communities it will serve. This webinar will address five essential questions design teams must answer: (1) How will the construction or renovation benefit the local community? (2) How will the community have building/site access? (3) How to engage, consult, and incorporate local community neighborhood goals? (4) How the project builds hiring pathways and opportunities for underrepresented populations. (5) How to prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion in the design, construction, and operations.