Trainings help build knowledge and design capability to drive ZNE in California

California has ambitious goals around zero net energy (ZNE) buildings, and rightly so. Buildings account for roughly 40% of the carbon emissions in the United States. In order to help policymakers develop ZNE ordinances, building owners to understand the benefits of these ultra-low energy projects, and design teams to successfully achieve ZNE performance, NBI is working … Continue reading Trainings help build knowledge and design capability to drive ZNE in California

Want solar? Let Google show you if your house has potential

Google has now expanded its two-year-old Project Sunroof, which maps houses with sufficient sun exposure for solar panels to all 50 states. Originally covering only the San Francisco Bay Area, Fresno, and Boston, the map had limited appeal. But now a total of 60 million buildings have been added to the project’s database. Project Sunroof … Continue reading Want solar? Let Google show you if your house has potential

Help shape California’s ZNE future

the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is in the process of updating its California Commercial Zero Net Energy* (ZNE) Action Plan designed to meet the state’s ambitious goal that all new commercial buildings and half the existing building stock achieve ZNE performance by 2030. This update will define future strategies for implementation including financing options, training and … Continue reading Help shape California’s ZNE future

Lottery tests out ZNE design choices in Santa Fe Springs office renovation

Anticipating a state executive order mandating that all new buildings and major renovations for state facilities be zero net energy (ZNE) starting in 2025, the California State Lottery saw the Santa Fe Springs office upgrade as an opportunity to test various ZNE design choices that would help them meet the upcoming rules. Deep energy retrofit … Continue reading Lottery tests out ZNE design choices in Santa Fe Springs office renovation

California jurisdictions prepare for statewide goals with new policies

A number of California communities have stepped forward recently with adoption of sustainability or energy policies that impact zero net building requirements. These go beyond individual projects which are growing in the public sector and now number 87 buildings that are either ZNE verified or emerging. From Hayward to Santa Monica, there's no doubt that … Continue reading California jurisdictions prepare for statewide goals with new policies

Five countries begin planning for Net Zero Carbon certification

The Green Building Council of Australia, the Canada Green Building Council, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), the India Green Building Council, and the U.S. Green Building Council announced their intentions this fall to recognize and reward net zero carbon buildings. Each country’s unique plan could be either stand-alone net zero certification or a net zero designation within existing … Continue reading Five countries begin planning for Net Zero Carbon certification

California ZNE buildings count tops 150 and sees an increase in the number of public projects

Public buildings are dominating the ZNE Buildings Watchlist with increasing local, state, and federal projects pursing zero net energy performance, according to the new Winter 2016 report edition. New Buildings Institute (NBI) produces this semiannual report for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) which documents verified and emerging ZNE buildings and includes trends in California … Continue reading California ZNE buildings count tops 150 and sees an increase in the number of public projects