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PNC Net Zero Bank Branch: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Solar panel canopies covering the ATM drive-through and pedestrian walkways at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., PNC Bank branch are the first indication that this is no ordinary bank.

Portland Community College Newberg Center: Newberg, OR

As the first step toward what could be an entirely net zero energy campus, Portland Community College Newberg Center is a proving ground of sorts for the college.

Locust Trace AgriScience Center: Lexington, KY

At the Locust Trace AgriScience Center, students learn agriculture by doing.

IDeAs Z2 Design Facility: San Jose, CA

The San Jose, Calif., office of Integrated Design Associates (IDeAs) achieves net zero energy by keeping building loads to a minimum and using building-integrated photovoltaic panels to produce electricity.

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.

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?

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music students practiced in an old bus barn outbuilding and science students conducted experiments in a lab with outdated equipment.

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.
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