Net-zero energy schools offer Connecticut a glimpse of future green development

Published by News Channel 3: Spurred by increasing and high utility costs and public support for sustainability, two northeastern Connecticut towns are pursuing the first net-zero energy public school developments in New England. Nationally, there are nearly 700 zero-energy public and commercial developments that are expected to be completed this year, according to the New Buildings Institute (NBI), a not-for-profit organization that promotes and verifies net-zero buildings. That’s up sharply from 60 net-zero developments in 2012, and 332 in 2016, NBI data shows. Schools are the top non-residential net-zero building, representing over a third of all projects tracked by NBI.

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