Join leading zero energy design firms

NBI Leaders Circle

Leaders Circle design firms have proven their passion, knowledge, and innovation for designing zero energy (ZE) buildings–those that produce as much energy as they consume through renewable resources. As more people learn about the greater comfort, the energy and cost savings, and the climate benefits of zero energy buildings, we are often asked, “Who designs zero energy buildings and how can I find them?”
Leaders Circle classification demonstrates capability to deliver on ZE performance. Named architecture and engineering firms must have a verified project in NBI’s Getting to Zero Buildings Database. Verification involves NBI’s independent review of 12-months of energy use and renewable production data confirming an energy use intensity (EUI) of  “0” or less.
We commend our charter firms listed below for having the proven skills and experience to design a zero energy building. To learn more about how your firm can be recognized in the Leaders Circle, view our factsheet and contact Maria Ellingson at [email protected].

Leaders Circle Design Firms

 

 

 

VMDO Architects designs community-centered environments that connect people and place through design. In two offices in Charlottesville, VA, and Washington, DC, VMDO’s 75+ employees support the firm’s educational design practice areas of K-12 Schools, Higher Education, and Athletics + Community. VMDO believes in the power of design to educate, inspire, and uplift. The firm has focused the entirety of its practice on designing high performing learning environments and transformational projects that help clients realize their highest aspirations for their communities

As architects, VMDO believes in the opportunity – and the responsibility – to challenge conventional thinking, to achieve more than what’s considered possible, and to demonstrate real and inspiring solutions to the challenges we face today. The firm holds itself to a high standard and measures success through tangible results related to net zero energy, high performance building, and health and wellness initiatives across all projects.

Alice West Fleet Elementary, Arlington, VA  |  Designed by: VMDO  |  Photo by: Alan Karchmer

 

 

Maclay Architects designs buildings and communities that are models for healthy, inspired living, advancing to a carbon neutral and ecologically sustainable future. Since 1971, the firm’s designs incorporate energy and resource conservation, renewable energy, optimal indoor air quality, healthy building technologies and materials, and environmentally responsive land use. Maclay Architects creates beautiful, functional spaces for people to live and work by listening to their clients’ needs and aspirations.

The firm’s focus on sustainability is not new. It has been the primary focus for over 40 years. Its work is founded on the broad aspects of ecologically based net zero/net positive design and focuses on healthy building design, building science, historic sensitivity, renewable energy production, and biophilic, nature based, living buildings that act as organisms and ecosystems.

The Putney School Field House, Putney, VT  |  Designed by: Maclay Architects  |  Photo by: Jim Westphalen

 

 

 

Perkins Eastman is a global architecture firm that has grown to include over 1,000 employees working out of a combined 17 interdisciplinary offices around the world. From education and healthcare to mixed-use and transit-oriented developments, Perkins Eastman designs for a sustainable and resilient future, and to enhance the human experience through the built environment.

The firm’s practice is founded on the idea that design can have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives. This is achieved through research and innovation, always questioning the status quo and tireless effort to understand our clients’ missions and operations. By focusing on the user experience and drawing on the firm’s vast roster of design and thought leaders, Perkins Eastman is uniquely equip to tackle the most complex design challenges, no matter how large or small.

Tobin Montessori School and Vassal Lane Upper School, Cambridge, MA  |  Designed by: Perkins Eastman  |  Image rendering: Perkins Eastman

 

 

 

CMTA is a national engineering firm with 400+ employees and 15 offices across the US. CMTA has been a pioneer in engineering zero energy buildings for decades, and understands how difficult changing paradigms can be. They are true partners who are vested in the long-term success of their buildings, which is measured by exceeding the expectations of building owners and managers and maintaining the health and comfort of the occupants. CMTA has leveraged their expertise in high performance, energy-efficient design into a nationwide practice that includes Consulting Engineering, Performance Contracting and Zero Energy Design, Technology Solutions, and Commissioning Services. They are Data Driven, Results Proven. CMTA has collected over two decades of actual utility data on their projects to continually improve their approach. This database and their years of high-performance design experience mean they understand how to make these buildings a reality without extra first costs.

Cincinnati District 3 Police Headquarters, Cincinnati, OH | Designed by: Emersion Design | Photo by: Dish Design, LLC