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To Zero and Beyond

Posted by Ann Edminster

Mar 13, 2015 11:51:00 PM

Leaders from across North America gather in Boston to accelerate market adoption

The Net-Zero Energy Coalition convened the second Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit from March 3-5 as part of NESEA’s blockbuster BuildingEnergy15 conference

Summit participants gathered to share experience and collaborate on strategies to accelerate the development of net-zero energy buildings and communities across the continent.

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Summit plenary speakers (from left) MA State Senator Jamie Eldridge; Steven Strong, president, Solar Design Associates, Inc.; Dr. Cathleen Fogel, CA Public Utilities Commission; Bill Maclay, architect and author, The New Net Zero; Carter Scott, president, Transformations, Inc.; Rick Gilles, senior partner, Barn Raisers. [Credit: Shilpa Sankaran]

Kicked off with an inspirational address from Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, the Summit created dialogue among federal, state, and city officials, major utilities, non-profits, education institutions, and building professionals.

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Summit breakout group working on ZNE adoption strategy. [Credit: Shilpa Sankaran]

Approximately 50 net-zero leaders convened in the final workshop and committed to three key collective action initiatives: 1) increasing awareness across the US and Canada about the benefits of zero-energy communities and zero-energy-ready housing, 2) preparing the workforce to deliver these high-performance projects, and 3) developing a clearinghouse of information related to NZE policy, finance, design, and technology. These initiatives will support Summit attendees’ shared goal of faster movement towards a zero net energy future.

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