Zeroing In

Across the United States, primary and secondary school buildings are leading the way in the zero-energy movement, in which structures are designed to generate at least as much energy as they use. They tend to be owner-occupied, are located on roomy sites with plenty of roof space for solar panels, and have predictable energy usage patterns, making them the perfect candidates. “Sustainable, high-performance schools are better for the environment and healthier places to be—they cultivate learning, [create] environmental leaders, and provide [a] dynamic learning environment,” Reilly Loveland, Project Manager, says. “Across all market sectors, NBI has seen a growth rate of seven hundred percent for zero-energy verified and emerging buildings since 2012. These buildings are nearly doubling every year, so the future is very bright.”

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