Growth in Zero Energy Buildings

Originally published by Facility Executive: In September 2020, New Buildings Institute (NBI) released its “2020 Getting To Zero Buildings List,” a document showcasing growth and trends for zero energy and zero carbon buildings across North America. Based in Portland, OR, NBI is a nonprofit organization working in the industry for better performance in buildings, and has been tracking these zero energy developments across the building stock for the past decade. “Getting To Zero” is just one of the initiatives the organization oversees, collaborating with many other industry groups and stakeholders.

According to the 2020 report, NBI highlighted that the demand for zero energy buildings across the U.S. and Canada is growing exponentially. The “2020 Getting to Zero Buildings List” 16-page document revealed that the number of zero energy and getting to zero buildings had grown to nearly 700—a 42% increase since 2018 findings. The total square footage of zero energy buildings had surpassed 62 million, a 39% jump from 2018. The number of verified zero energy buildings in the U.S. and Canada more than doubled between 2018 and 2020, a sign that designers were gaining expertise for delivering on zero energy targets set by building owners.

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