FEATURE ARTICLE

Getting to Zero: The Frontier of Low-Energy Buildings

Despite the buzz about zero-energy buildings, just what zero-energy means and how to achieve it remain confusing at best. Divergent definitions and limited monitoring leave questions about how much energy these buildings actually use, and getting to zero, by almost any definition, challenges even the most experienced design teams. This article sorts out the confusion and sheds light on some of the stumbling blocks along the path to zero-energy.

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Green Building News

FloorScore IAQ Testing Program Launched

The Resilient Floor Covering Institute's new green label is awarded to products that meet low indoor emission standards.

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Illinois Adopts RPS

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Texas Strengthens RPS

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Oregon Expands Solar Energy Tax Credits

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New York Passes Two Solar Energy Bills

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NYC Launches Lights Out New York

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Million Solar Roofs Bill Dies

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Dane County Habitat Homes Earn Green Built Home Certification

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Keen Joins Stantec

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Genzyme Achieves Platinum

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All Potlatch Forestland Achieves FSC Certification

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AQS Tests Emissions from Material Installations

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ASTM Publishes Sustainability Guide

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DOE Compares Energy Simulation Programs

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Product News & Reviews

Cold-Climate Heat Pump Temporarily Chilled

Nyle Special Products has suspended production of the Cold-Climate Heat Pump, but hopes to continue production by the end of 2005.

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Johnson Controls Acquires York

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Ice Bear: Thermal Energy Storage for Smaller Buildings

Ice Energy's Ice Bear brings thermal energy storage to the "Starbucks to Wal-Mart" market, offering savings in demand charges and through more attractive time-of-day billing costs for electricity.

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From the Editors

A Bold Plan for New Orleans

See Y'all in Atlanta!

October 2005

Volume 14, Number 10

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