Exploratorium achieves historic goal of net zero energy operations

News / November 20, 2023 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Press release from the Exploratorium: “The Exploratorium now generates as much or more energy than it uses on an annual basis at its 220,000-square foot headquarters at Pier 15.[…] ‘Cultural institutions have a mission-driven responsibility to limit negative impacts while...

How soon do you have to buy heat pumps and EVs to avoid climate catastrophe?

News / November 16, 2023 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Published by The Washington Post: “Just 1 percent of U.S. homes have installed heat pump water heaters, which deliver hot water with ultra-efficient heat pumps, making them one of the least-common climate technologies in U.S. homes.[…] The biggest reason to...

Making the Transition From Zero Energy to Zero Carbon Building Policies

Post / July 23, 2019 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

As the building industry transitions into a new era — one focused on delivering carbon-neutral buildings — building codes will continue to play a critical role. This is the third in a series of blog posts about the transformation occurring within...

2019 New York Getting to Zero Status Report

Report / April 15, 2019 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

The 2019 New York Getting to Zero Status Report is a first-of-its-kind review of the state of the net zero energy buildings market in New York State and provides detailed policy and market context about New York’s leading role in…

Zero Energy/Carbon Codes

Codes & Policy / October 28, 2018 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Building energy codes are playing an increasing in facilitating the move to ZE buildings. As advances in construction practices and building components and systems are proven out, communities are  strengthening the building codes so that higher levels of building efficiency...

Achieving Ultra-low and Zero Energy Buildings and Portfolios in Providence Stakeholder Workshop

Event / September 20, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

This half-day workshop will provide the context of low and zero energy buildings including definitions and an overview of the national and regional status of the zero energy (ZE) market adoption and growth. Participants will review technologies, approaches, processes of…

Achieving Net-Zero Energy Buildings Workshop

Event / September 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

This free workshop in Washington, DC, will outline the processes, technologies, and approaches common in net-zero energy buildings and recommend steps to success from predesign through operations. Local case studies will highlight local buildings and lessons learned.

Making the Path to Zero Energy Buildings Well Worn Together

Post / February 28, 2018 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

When does a path become a road? Is it volume of travelers, difficulty of terrain or perhaps the need to arrive more rapidly at the destination to create the attention and resources needed to smooth out the path? For zero...

Educational Sector Leads on Zero Energy Buildings, but Lacks Retrofits

Post / January 29, 2018 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

New research by NBI looks at the reasons why existing schools don’t aim for zero. New Buildings Institute (NBI) recently released its Zero Energy* Buildings List with nearly 500 verified or emerging commercial buildings projects. Educational facilities continue to outpace...

Five Steps to Net Zero

Guideline / February 2, 2017 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

This guide is an introduction to how architects and engineers can help clients upgrade their existing buildings to be ZNE through a Deep Energy Retrofit combined with renewable energy sources. A Deep Energy Retrofit is an existing building retrofit that…

New award recognizes California leadership in zero net energy schools

News / November 7, 2016 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Districts, projects, individuals honored for driving ZNE in new and existing projects California is leading the nation in the transformation of K-12 schools and community colleges to zero net energy (ZNE) performance. To honor early innovation and leadership in this...

How net-zero buildings impact the grid

News / August 9, 2016 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

This article from GreenBiz discusses how zero energy buildings will interact with the electrical grid in the future. The piece highlights a recent paper by NBI’s Alexi Miller and Jim Edelson.

The Path to Net Zero: A Shout Out to Building Operators

Post / June 21, 2016 / Controls, Operations & Maintenance, Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Like they don’t have enough to do already, facility managers and building operators are now working to manage both sides of the electrical meter. The evolution of buildings incorporating advanced systems, highly integrated controls and distributed generation (typically photovoltaics) is...

Deep Energy Retrofit: Getting to Zero Net Energy Capable

Webinar / June 2, 2016 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Learn how to drive 30% or greater energy savings with National Grid and NBI . National Grid has partnered with NBI on an exciting three-part Deep Energy Retrofit webinar series. This is the third and final webinar of this series.

Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

Paper / April 5, 2016 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

With exponential growth predicted for U.S. solar installations, substantial distributed energy supply will be available to buildings and communities across the country. When coupled with a highly efficient, intelligent buildings, these resources represent a tremendous asset, but also a complicated…

Deep Energy Retrofit: Getting to Zero Net Energy Capable

Webinar / June 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 pm PDT / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Learn how to drive 30% or greater energy savings with National Grid and NBI . National Grid has partnered with NBI on an exciting three-part Deep Energy Retrofit webinar series.

Strategies for Getting to Zero

Webinar / March 16, 2016 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Building design teams often start with two key parts to get to zero: passive design strategies and the availability for the production of site renewables energy (often called the solar budget). These speakers will use projects to demonstrate how they…

ZNE Action Bulletin, Winter 2016

Document / March 8, 2016 / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

Since education buildings are the leading type of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings nationally, we're dedicating this edition of the ZNE Action Bulletin to "getting to zero" in schools. "On average, K-12 schools spend more on energy bills than on…

Zero Net Energy Buildings and the Grid

Post / February 22, 2016 / Metering, Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

As zero net energy (ZNE) and other low-energy buildings become increasingly common, we have to think about how different ZNE strategies can interact with their local electricity grids. The electricity grid was built as a one-way street, with energy flowing...

Beyond a Building

Webinar / June 22, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT / Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

With almost 5 million commercial buildings in the U.S., the path to zero energy must include approaches that scale across common ownership, physical areas and prototypes. This session addresses how, where and why portfolios, districts, and developments are joining together…