Getting to Zero Buildings Database

Online Tool / May 21, 2024 / Getting to Zero

NBI works to identify, research, analyze, and promote commercial and multifamily buildings that are leaders in low and zero energy. We maintain the most comprehensive list of zero energy (ZE) commercial and multifamily buildings across North America. This interactive tool puts NBI’s Getting to Zero Buildings Database at your fingertips and allows you to generate customized maps, lists, and charts. Scroll to use the interactive database.

There are two tabs:

1. Map and List: The map plots cities in which ZE projects are located. The table (below the map) lists each project and its key characteristics. Use the check boxes on the left to filter by ZE status, location, and building type.
2. Analysis: Interactive charts display key data about the ZE building stock. Use the check boxes to customize the charts by ZE status, location, building type, ownership, and size.

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It is important to note that zero net annual energy usage is not equivalent to zero carbon. Fully measuring the CO2 emissions attributable to buildings requires more information than is available for most buildings in the GTZ Buildings Database. Carbon emissions impacts can vary significantly across both time and space based largely on the energy sources used to produce electricity (coal, gas, solar, wind, etc.). As more renewables come online these temporal and geographical variations are becoming more significant. For more on this topic, see the GridOptimal Buildings Initiative. In addition, the embodied carbon associated with construction and materials can be substantial. See our resource hub for more information on the topic of embodied carbon.