About the Getting to Zero Forum

Join us in defining a new energy and carbon future for the built environment


Join the world’s leading experts in zero energy and zero carbon buildings, those who are creating the market-based solutions that are driving a growing movement to define the future of the built environment.  Getting to zero energy and zero carbon is a movement that will transform the built environment by mid-century. Policy drivers, emerging technologies and advanced design and operational practices are resulting in ultra-efficient buildings beyond anything we have seen before.

The number of zero energy (ZE) buildings, those that are so energy efficient they only consume as much energy as can be produced from onsite renewable energy resources, is doubling each year. With 40% of global carbon emissions coming from buildings, cutting energy use in buildings equates to low-carbon buildings that will help curb the impacts of climate change. While this market is still relatively new, it is poised to develop rapidly. Research estimates that worldwide zero energy building revenue is expected to exceed $1.4 trillion annually by 2035.

On March 15-17, 2021, leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate representatives, and others will gather at the 2021 Getting to Zero Forum. Participants will share perspectives on the growth of ZE, learn about best practices for successful projects, and collaborate on opportunities for ZE to transform the built environment. For more information about the 2021 Forum, view our fact sheet below.

2021 forum fact sheet




600+ industry leading attendees including policymakers, architects, engineers, building owners and operators, manufacturers, and more.

170 speakers and 33 sessions covering critical topics such as embodied carbon, decarbonization and electrification, building-grid integration, and codes and policies.

19 scholarship recipients from 12 universities representing the next generation of industry changemakers.

Four workshops offering a deeper dive into embodied carbon, zero energy schools, volumetric modular multifamily construction, and Passive House certification.

About NBI
New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. NBI’s mission is to push for better buildings that achieve zero energy, zero carbon, and beyond – through research, policy, guidance, and market transformation – to protect people and the health of the planet.


About RMI
Since 1982, Rocky Mountain Institute has advanced market-based solutions that transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous and secure future. An independent, nonprofit think-and-do tank, RMI engages with businesses, communities and institutions to accelerate and scale replicable solutions that drive the cost-effective shift from fossil fuels to efficiency and renewables.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs.