Net zero energy for retail is possible

Jason Robbins, Walgreens manager of mechanical engineering, and Jamie Meyers, manager of sustainability at Walgreens, discuss the energy-efficient technologies used in the net-zero drugstore in Evanston. Imagine paying pennies for your utility bill. Better yet, imagine paying nothing. That’s the chimera architects, scientists, and building owners have chased for decades. “Net-zero” energy is a simple enough concept; it’s the idea …

Zero Net Energy Buildings Gain Ground

Commercial zero net energy (ZNE) buildings have more than doubled in number since a 2012 report, says the New Buildings Institute (NBI).  A new report, 2014 Getting to Zero Status Update, says that 213 North American structures qualify, up from 99 in the initial report. ZNE verification of buildings is based on review of one-year of measured energy data including building energy consumption and …

NBI Report: The Future is Now for Zero Net Energy Buildings

Vancouver, WA (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 Growth in numbers, locations, types and sizes all mark progress on the state of commercial zero net energy (ZNE) buildings-–ultra-efficient buildings that generate as much power from onsite renewable energy sources as they consume in a year, according to a report released today from New Buildings Institute (NBI). Of buildings surveyed across North America, …