About the National Forum

2018 will be our fourth gathering of global experts in zero energy buildings who are driving this movement for the future of the built environment. Join us!


Zero energy 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. And while this market is 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 April 17-19, 2018, leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate representatives, and others will gather at the 2018 Getting to Zero National 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.

Come take your place in creating the future of buildings and learn more by joining our blog, reviewing speaker presentations and joining us for the 2018 event in Pittsburgh!



400+ leading policymakers—federal, state and local representatives—from across North America were joined by design professionals, program managers, building owners and others.

102 presentations covering five track themes including design, policies and programs, operations, residential and multifamily, and grid edge.

25 sessions share perspectives on the growth of zero net energy policies and projects and begin planning for the future of these extremely efficient buildings.

Five tours of ultra-low energy buildings and two workshops on schools and grid edge.