Buildings Environment Innovation Center Net Zero Energy New Buildings Institute NZE 

Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Three career paths for students to revolutionize the built environment and decarbonize the energy sector

January 29, 2018  |  By The net-zero energy (NZE) movement is gaining momentum, revolutionizing building design and construction and presenting new career opportunities for students. As a student myself with a strong interest in sustainable design and building science, I have been closely following the industry’s momentum. Trends that have arisen in the NZE movement are helping me to determine where I can best focus my efforts toward a career path that holds strong potential for my personal and professional ambitions. With hopes of expanding my knowledge of NZE buildings,…

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Boulder Commons Buildings Environment Net Zero Energy NZE-leased buildings 

Debunking Industry Myths on Leased Net-Zero Energy Buildings

January 24, 2018  |  By I recall my father’s advice, “Do the best you can with what you have, and if the stars align, you’ll have the opportunity for better.” The staff at Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI’s) office in Boulder, Colorado, had made the most of the space we occupied for the past nine years—a 50-year-old converted motorcycle shop. It was cold in the winter and hot in the summer but it had character, and we were able to operate it fairly efficiently (47 kBtu/sf/yr). However, when the opportunity was…

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