Zero Energy Project Growth from 2000 to 2020. Chart courtesy of the New Building Institute
Net-zero energy buildings across are gaining popularity North America, a sign of both property owners’ commitment and the growing availability of resources to deliver on owners’ zero energy targets. In its 2020 Getting to Zero Buildings List, the Portland, Ore.-based New Building Institute stated that the nearly 700 verified and emerging North American zero-energy buildings represent a 42 percent increase over 2018. Total square footage of zero-energy buildings has passed 62 million, a leap of 39 percent from 2018, NBI estimates in the report, which was released in late September.
A verified zero-energy building consumes only as much energy as it produces with clean renewable energy. Emerging zero-energy buildings have set