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  1. What Can We Learn from Walgreens About Net Zero?

    November 25, 2014 | 5 comments

    To see how well the concept of net zero energy worked – and to test green technologies and initiatives for its 8,100+ stores – Walgreens invested in a net zero energy retail store. (more…)


  2. Net Zero Water is Coming

    July 8, 2014 | 7 comments

    Net zero energy is being discussed in green building circles more than ever before, with 18 buildings now claiming the title (and several more working toward it). But the newest net-zero buzz? Net zero water. Buildings using net zero water use only the water they are able to generate or capture onsite.

    As the International Living Building Institute’s Living Building Challenge becomes more popular, so does the concept of net zero water (to achieve the Living Building Challenge standard, a building needs to be net zero water). (more…)


  3. Zero-Energy Buildings: How Do They Do It?

    June 25, 2012 | 2 comments

    Zero Energy Building with solar panels

    While programs like the U.S. EPA’s ENERGYSTAR or the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system encourage and reward energy efficiency, it makes sense that the ultimate energy-efficiency objective is to achieve zero-energy status. (more…)