New Net Zero Building Certificate Program Announced

Net Zero Energy is quickly becoming a sought after goal for many buildings around the globe – each relies on exceptional energy conservation and then on-site renewables to meet all of its heating, cooling and electricity needs. Yet the true performance of many developments is overstated – and actual Net Zero Energy buildings are still rare.

A Net Zero Energy Building is proof that it is possible to live within our means.

Certification verifies the building is truly operating as claimed, harnessing energy from the sun, wind or earth to exceed net annual demand. It’s one thing to say a building is zero energy; it’s another thing to prove it.

A Net Zero Energy Building is uniquely positioned to lead by example.

Certification provides a platform for the building to inform other efforts throughout the world and accelerate the implementation of restorative principles.

A Net Zero Energy Building is deserving of special recognition.

Certification celebrates this significant accomplishment and differentiates those responsible for the building’s success in this quickly evolving market.

Net Zero Energy Building Certification is a program operated by the International Living Future Institute using the structure of the Living Building ChallengeTM – the world’s most rigorous and progressive green building program. Certification is simple, cost effective and critical for integrity and transparency.

Whether on the boards, under construction or already in use, Living Building Challenge can put a spotlight on your Net Zero Energy Building.

To earn Net Zero Energy Building Certification, the requirements of the following five Living Building Challenge Imperatives must be met:

  • Limits to Growth: Curbs the building’s contribution to the effects of sprawled development, which undermines the positive impact of achieving net zero energy building operation.
  • Net Zero Energy: Serves as the primary focus of Net Zero Energy Building Certification.
  • Rights to Nature: Ensures that the building does not preclude another building from achieving net zero energy operation as a result of excessive shading.
  • Beauty + Spirit and Inspiration + Education: Underscore the notion that renewable energy systems can be incorporated into a building in ways that are attractive and inspiring.

Read the Living Building Challenge in its entirety and carefully review the intent of these specific Imperatives. Download the complete Documentation Requirements (pdf) for Net Zero Energy Building Certification.