Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Toyota’s First Net Zero Dealership Set for Corvallis, OR

Toyota says that its dealership in Corvallis, OR, will be the car maker’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Automotive Dealership when it opens. The press release says that the architect – Gensler – will collect data to enable the building, when complete, to gain LEED Platinum certification. … Read more…

NYC One Step Closer to Net-Zero Energy Goal at Wastewater Treatment Plants

NYC One Step Closer to Net-Zero Energy Goal at Wastewater Treatment Plants

The New York Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the installation of three new boilers and a new exhaust capture system at the Port Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant on Staten Island. The $30 million project builds toward the OneNYC initiative of achieving net-zero energy use … Read more…

The Department of Energy Defines Zero Energy Buildings

The Department of Energy Defines Zero Energy Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy has officially designed zero energy buildings, which also are referred to as net zero or zero net energy buildings. The definition – which took a year-and-a-half to formulate – defines an a zero-energy building as “an energy-efficient building where, on … Read more…

Combining Solar with Ground Heat Pump Is Energy, Cost Efficient

Combining Solar with Ground Heat Pump Is Energy, Cost Efficient

The energy- and cost-efficiency of buildings and areas can be improved by combining a ground heat pump with solar heating, according to the results of a project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT used ecological hybrid solutions to enhance the efficiency of … Read more…

Retrofit Begins at Net Zero Energy Electrical Training Center

Retrofit Begins at Net Zero Energy Electrical Training Center

In Los Angeles, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association have begun retrofitting their Electrical Training Institute to make it a net-zero-energy building. The $13 million project was initially announced in August 2014. Construction … Read more…

Old Car Batteries Help Power GM Data Center

Old Car Batteries Help Power GM Data Center

A 74 kW solar array and two wind turbines are working with old Chevrolet Volt batteries to power an administration building at General Motors’ new Enterprise Data Center in Milford, Michigan. The array, turbines and repurposed batteries will work in parallel to supply power to the … Read more…

Des Moines Gets First Net-Zero Commercial Building

Des Moines Gets First Net-Zero Commercial Building

MODUS, an engineering design firm based in Des Moines, Iowa, has transformed a century-year-old warehouse into the city’s first net-zero office building, Engineering.com reports. The $17 million renovation project includes $2 million in energy efficiency upgrades. The facility, located in the city’s historic Market District, … Read more…

GSA Could Create Net Zero Roadmap

GSA Could Create Net Zero Roadmap

The US General Services Administration (GSA) and other agencies have an opportunity to transform the net-zero energy (NZE) market and create a roadmap for NZE building transformations around the country, according to a Rocky Mountain Institute blog post. In September 2014, a GSA task group … Read more…

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