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An Existing Building Portfolio on a Path to Net-Zero Energy

Many developers cite first-cost as a barrier to pursuing net-zero energy in their new and existing building projects. But one leading developer in Colorado is flipping the script on this assumption, showing that prioritizing energy performance can open up new cash flows, as opposed to draining existing ones. John Madden…

Driving Industrial Revitalization with Net-Zero Energy

City leaders around the world are looking to rejuvenate their urban cores, boost quality of life for all residents, and improve resiliency. Revitalizing old industrial sites with net-zero energy (NZE) projects can help to advance these goals—while also advancing carbon emissions reductions citywide. Cities like Pittsburgh, PA; Syracuse, NY; Detroit,…

Four Insights from the Most Successful NZE Home Builders

The number of net-zero energy (NZE) homes in the US is growing at an exciting rate (it has grown by 33 percent from 2015 to 2016), but this growth is nowhere near fast enough to make NZE homes mainstream. Today, they are a very niche offering, comprising roughly…

A City in the Rockies Paves the Way for Net-Zero Energy Leases

Boulder, Colorado, is a national leader in sustainability—especially when it comes to the built environment. The City of Boulder has the most aggressive new construction energy code in the country, the nation’s first voter-approved tax dedicated to addressing climate change, and a benchmarking policy that requires efficiency…