Number of Zero-Net Energy Buildings Surges

Published in Energy Manager Today: The number of zero-net energy (ZNE) commercial buildings in the United States doubled between 2014 and 2017, according to newbuildings.org. The growth is due primarily to industry leadership, technology market evolution, construction workforce development, policies,...

From Fire to Net Positive

Published in the Living Building Chronicle: “It’s really been since about 2000 that both the technology and know-how allowed you to think about [net zero energy buildings] on a meaningful scale,” says Vermont architect Bill Maclay. By last fall, New...

Local Energy Codes Hindered by Preemption Rules

White paper examines how the federal rule structure for appliances and HVAC equipment raise costs and limit improved energy performance Portland, OR—A white paper released today by New Buildings Institute (NBI) finds that federal preemption rules present a major barrier...

Where We’ll Be in Summer

On August 24, Cathy Higgins, Research Director, will present at the Net Zero Energy Conference in Commerce, CA. She will lead a panel of national experts in “From Design to Developer: The Methods, Motivations and Money that Move NZE Forward”....

Net Zero Energy is Dead, Long Live Zero Energy

Published by the Living Building Chronicle: The International Living Future Institute’s reboot of its Net Zero Energy program is more than a name change. It establishes NZE’s replacement — Zero Energy (ZE) Building Certification — as the standard for an...