NBI-CBC “Getting to Zero” Report and Webinar

The Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium (CBC) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI) have released a study that examines the number, location, costs, and design strategies of various types of zero energy commercial buildings and zero energy-capable buildings.  The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) serves as the secretariat for the CBC and also co-sponsored the study.

The report, “Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update: A First Look at the Cost and Features of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings,” identifies 99 buildings that are either zero energy, zero energy-capable (ZEC), or zero energy buildings (ZEBs) currently under construction or recently completed with limited performance data.  It finds that the number and diversity of commercial ZEBs and ZECs are growing and can be found in most climate zones. The technologies as well as design and construction practices used to create these buildings are readily available today.

In addition to the report, several hundred attendees joined the CBC, NBI, and NASEO during an April 26 webinar.  Diana Lin, Program Manager at NASEO, provided information on why ZEBs are a topic of interest to State Energy Offices and how the “Getting to Zero” report relates to CBC research on technology and policy gaps to transforming the commercial building sector to net-zero energy.  Dave Hewitt, Executive Director at NBI, provided an overview of the report’s conclusions regarding type, location, and incremental costs of ZEBs.  Tony Hans, National Director of Sustainable Projects at CMTA Consulting Engineers, described several of CMTA’s net zero energy projects and the energy use and cost data associated with these buildings.  Download the presentation slides for more information, or visit the NBI website for the webinar recording.

Report and background materials

Read the report, “Getting to Zero 2012 Status Update: A First Look at the Cost and Features of Zero Energy Commercial Buildings”

Read the press release

For a backgrounder, case studies, and building profiles, visit the NBI website