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Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building: Hood River, OR

Before construction of the Hood River Middle School Music and Science Building, music students practiced in an old bus barn outbuilding and science students conducted experiments in a lab with outdated equipment.

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Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory Research Support Facility: Golden, CO

When the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) decided to move 800 staff out of leased space into a new office building on its Golden, Colo., campus, it used that opportunity to build a living lab for best practices in net zero energy performance based on DOE and NREL research.

Four Seasons Produce: Ephrata, PA

The cold storage facility was the first warehouse to earn the ENERGY STAR and reduced its annual energy use by 25% over four years.

Omega Center for Sustainable Living: Rhinebeck, NY

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living in upstate New York decided to build a wastewater treatment system to mitigate its impact on the tributary system ...

Sustainable Urban Science Center: Philadelphia, PA

The Sustainable Urban Science Center, a classroom/lab building that is part of a Quaker school in Philadelphia, is designed with the goal of capturing students' interest ...

Kiowa County Schools: Greensburg, KS

After a two-mile wide tornado plowed through Greensburg, Kan., in 2007, the town and school district committed to rebuilding a model green community ...

University of La Reunion's ENERPOS: Saint-Pierre, La Reunion, France

A classroom and office building on the French island of La Reunion, near Madagascar, demonstrates that sustainable design saves significant energy while providing ...

Sweetwater Creek State Park Visitor Center: Lithia Springs, GA

Before entering a 2,549-acre conservation park, visitors are welcomed by a center that, through sustainable design, contributes to the park's purpose of protecting nature.

Indian Springs Discovery Center: White Lake, MI

Revealing the thriving ecosystem that exists below the water's surface is the purpose of Indian Springs Metropark's Environmental Discovery Center.
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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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