Nearly 50 percent more zero energy buildings underway in 2017
Zero energy commercial buildings appear to be accelerating their steep ascent.
Sixty-seven of them have been “verified” in the U.S. and Canada, according to a recent report from the New Buildings Institute. Another 415 are underway or are being evaluated for net-zero performance, according to the report, 2018 Getting to Zero Status Update.
Fifteen months ago, NBI reported 53 buildings as verified, while 279 were “emerging.” That works out to a 26 percent increase in verified buildings and a startling 49 percent hike in the emerging category in just over a year.
The numbers amount to a tiny fraction of the six million-plus commercial buildings in the United States and Canada. But those in the trenches of the nascent movement to eliminate the fossil-fuel use of buildings — among the world’s largest sources of greenhouse gases — hope they’re at the turn of a “hockey-stick-style transformation."