The small town of Chrisney, Ind., turned to net zero to overcome financial hurdles and realize the residents’ dream of building a library. The town lost its high school in the 1970s and then its highway due to an expansion and rerouting, and hoped a library would stem the tide of decline. For five years, the small, simple library has served as a source of pride for this shrinking town, providing a resource for information and a community gathering place while producing more electricity than it consumes.
The project provides examples of ongoing, cost-effective and relatively simple measures to reduce building energy consumption and reduce environmental impact.
A tropical garden with water features flourishes on the sixth floor on the Shenzhen IBR Headquarters Building.
Historic preservation and net zero energy performance may seem like opposing goals.
Fresh air and sunlight permeate Sandy High School, while the school's location on a preserved wooded site provides easy access to and expansive views of the natural surroundings.
Visitors come to the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens' Bosarge Family Education Center to improve their green thumbs, hear a concert or to celebrate a wedding.
Some might say that the DPR Construction Phoenix Regional Office is a high performing building overachiever.
How would using today's LED technology change the classroom design of Richardsville (Ky.) Elementary, the nation's first net zero energy school?
What's a community to do when a beloved, but aging neighborhood library is deemed undersized, inefficient and inaccessible?
At first glance, the Toledo Museum of Art, graced by its 101-year-old Greek Ionic façade, looks like any typical art museum.