Thursday, April 05, 2012
Less than a year after the new Net Zero Building Certification program launched, two buildings earned the designation, including one in Oregon.
Painters Hall, a community center in Salem's Pringle Creek neighborhood, earned certification as a net zero building, along with IDeAs 72 Design Facility in San Jose, Calif. Both buildings were existing building retrofit projects.
Net zero buildings employ energy conservation and efficiency measures and on-site energy generation. The result is a building that meets its own energy needs and doesn't tax the local power grid. Last October, the institute recognized a growing interest in this type of building by introducing the first official certification program for net zero building.
Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.