by New Buildings Institute (nbi)
NBI tracks and studies developments in zero net energy buildings, ultra-efficient structures that use only as much energy as can be produced onsite through clean, renewable resources. Over the past few years, there has been significant growth in the number of zero net energy projects as well as size in terms of square footage, and diversity of building types.
Our most recent study, the 2014 Getting to Zero Status Update: A look at the projects, policies and programs driving zero net energy performance in commercial buildings, examines the numbers, locations, types, ownership, and policy and program drivers for ZNE. The number of ZNE verified and ZNE emerging (not yet verified) projects has more than doubled since we last reported in 2012 for a total of 160 buildings in North America. An additional 53 ultra-low energy buildings–those with efficiencies on par with ZNE buildings, but without sufficient onsite renewables to power the building–were identified as part of the study.
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