About the Getting to Zero Forum

Join us in defining an new energy 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 Oct. 9-11, 2019, leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners and commercial real estate representatives, and others will gather at the 2019 Getting to Zero Forum. Participants will share perspectives on the growth of ZE, learned about best practices for successful projects and collaborated on opportunities for ZE to transform the built environment.


380+ leading policymakers—federal, state and local representatives 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.

Four tours of ultra-low energy buildings and three workshops on advanced jurisdictions, districts and grid edge.

About NBI
New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. We work collaboratively with commercial building market players—governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals—to remove barriers to energy efficiency, including promoting advanced design practices, improved technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency.


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.