Exploratorium achieves historic goal of net zero energy operations

News / November 20, 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…