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Burns & McDonnell: Kansas City, MO

Plenty of barriers can derail sustainability efforts that involve a tenant, building manager and owner. But the building team at Burns & McDonnell's World Headquarters ...

McDonald’s Corporation: Oak Brook, IL

McDonald's built an energy-efficient headquarters building in suburban Chicago in 1988. The company has continued improving the performance of ...

FC Gulf Freeway Office Building: Houston, TX

Energy savings for four similar office buildings in the Houston area started with planting native vegetation on one roof. Designers found that the roof's added insulation ...

EPA Region 8 Headquarters: Denver, CO

This building harnesses the natural resources of Denver's climate. The nine-story atrium provides daylight to the lobby and internal offices, while parabolic sails ...

CMTA Office Building: Louisville, KY

Kentucky engineering firm CMTA designed its new office to function as a laboratory to test new technologies and demonstrate their cost effectiveness to clients.

SOLON SE Headquarters: Berlin, Germany

A photovoltaics manufacturer needed a headquarters building that showcased innovative energy designs. The building's unique prefabricated façade is made of wood ...

Holy Wisdom Monastery: Middleton, WI

The Benedictine Sisters' mission of prayer, hospitality, justice and care for the earth guided the design of energy-efficient systems and selection of sustainable materials ...

Great River Energy Headquarters: Maple Grove, MN

Buildings are ecosystems that are unlikely to be perfect as initially constructed. Great River Energy Coop in Minnesota used the Living Design Process to design ...

Cannon Design Regional Offices, Power House: St. Louis, MO

Cannon Design repurposed an 85-year-old steam building in St. Louis for its regional offices by adding two floor plates to what was essentially an empty shell.

Maplewood Police and Court Building: Maplewood, NJ

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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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