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Earth Rangers Centre: Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

The 63,000 ft2 building includes an animal habitat area and was toured by approximately 8,600 students and others in 2012.

Lincoln Heritage Public Library Chrisney Branch: Chrisney, IN

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.

Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse: Grand Junction, CO

Historic preservation and net zero energy performance may seem like opposing goals.

Sandy High School: Sandy, OR

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.

Bosarge Family Education Center at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens: Boothbay, ME

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.

Richardsville Elementary School: Richardsville, KY

How would using today's LED technology change the classroom design of Richardsville (Ky.) Elementary, the nation's first net zero energy school?

Toledo Museum of Art: Toledo, OH

At first glance, the Toledo Museum of Art, graced by its 101-year-old Greek Ionic façade, looks like any typical art museum.

Center for Applied Energy Research Renewable Energy Laboratory: Lexington, KY

The Center for Applied Energy Research at the University of Kentucky is on the leading edge of laboratory design, implementing multiple strategies never used ...

McCormick Distribution Center: Belcamp, MD

When McCormick & Company wanted to reduce its environmental impact and energy bills, the facility team sought to improve the energy efficiency of its distribution center in Belcamp, Md.

Waterloo Regional Police Investigative Services Building: Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

This Canadian police facility demonstrates how innovative sustainable design can significantly reduce energy use and costs while incorporating the security and design requirements ...
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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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