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First Net-Zero Certifications Awarded

Two West Coast projects are the first to achieve Net Zero Energy Building Certification in a program launched by the International Living Future Institute in late 2011 (see “Net-Zero Certification Spins Off from Living Building Challenge,” EBN Nov. 2011).

Both of the certified projects are retrofits: Painters Hall, in the Pringle Creek community near Salem, Oregon, is an 80-year-old building converted into a community center; Integrated Design Associates’ IDeAs Z2 Design Facility in San Jose, California, is a bright office space in a formerly windowless bank. Both buildings utilize rooftop solar arrays to produce enough energy for the buildings’ needs; at Painters Hall, excess generation offsets the energy used for the neighborhood’s ground-source heat system, and at IDeAs Z2, the PV system is integrated with the roofing membrane. Find out more at





Published April 30, 2012

Weaver, E. (2012, April 30). First Net-Zero Certifications Awarded. Retrieved from

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