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The Future is Now – Two Buildings Certified as “Net Zero”

16 April 2012 | Posted By John Jennings 5,738 views No Comment

Painters Hall - Photo Credit: Sustainable Business Oregon Earlier this year, we covered the launch of the International Living Future Institute’s Net Zero Energy Certification.  The certification, which is the first program that provides third party certification of net zero energy performance, builds upon the Living Building Challenge framework made up imperatives focusing on performance criteria.  Read our earlier post for more details about this framework.

This month, two buildings – Painter’s Hall in Oregon and IDeAs 72 Design Facility in California – became the first buildings to earn the designation as net zero buildings.  Both buildings were existing building retrofit projects.  Read more about the Painters Hall project, including interviews with key team members, in this Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce articleSustainable Business Oregon also covered the news, concluding that net zero construction is expected to grow to become a $1.3 trillion market by 2035.

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