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California Department of Public Health Building: Richmond, CA

The California Department of Public Health's Building P has been demonstrating since 2005 that sustainable design benefits taxpayers, building users and the environment.

Normand-Maurice Building: Montreal, Canada

This $45 million CND building on the site of an abandoned foundry serves as the “green” prototype for Canadian government buildings. It houses the offices of ...

Magnify Credit Union South Lakeland Branch: Lakeland, FL

A Florida credit union wanted its new branch to be an investment in the community it serves. It designed the building to run off solar power, use rainwater for irrigation ...

Golden Hill Office Center: Lakewood, CO

Golden Hill Office Center is a 1980s building that outperformed conventionally designed office buildings of the era with respect to energy use. Twenty-eight years later, Golden Hill continues to outperform the majority of contemporary office buildings. In fact, the original systems still work so well that Golden Hill was awarded a 99 ENERGY STAR rating in 2010.

Chemeketa Health Sciences Complex Addition: Salem, OR

Taking a chance on an unconventional design reaped dividends for Chemeketa Community College. The result is a sustainable building that uses ...

25 York Street: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In the competitive world of commercial real estate, why would an owner pursue sustainable design and its increased initial costs?

EcoCommercial Building: Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

An estimated 70% of India's building stock required for 2030 has not yet been built. Reducing the energy demands of this future growth can help reduce strain on the country's fossil fuel-reliant infrastructure ...

Biological and Computational Sciences Facility, PNNL: Richland, WA

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Biological Science Facility (BSF) and Computational Science Facility (CSF) in Richland, Wash., brings scientists from two separate disciplines into one facility ...
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Finding Common Ground: Defining Zero Energy Buildings

Buildings that produce more energy than they consume have moved from concept to increasingly common reality in recent years. But until a few months ago, no general, industry-wide agreement existed as to what exactly defined such a building.

Learning from Performance

Achieving net zero energy buildings requires knowledge of best real world strategies.

Code Green Standard 189.1 Comes at a Crucial Time

This new standard for green buildings will enable the transition from voluntary guidelines and programs to enforceable criteria that can be used by local, state or federal jurisdictions.

The Proof Is Performance

The road to high performing buildings is paved with high expectations — but, ultimately, it is measured performance that shows how energy efficient a building really is.
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