On February 26th, about 100 people gathered in San Francisco to discuss the world’s greenest buildings and the future of green building. They discussed strategies that spawned a revolution in net-zero building as well as the frontier of new techniques and innovations.
Net-Zero, for those not familiar, is a term used to describe the net energy consumption and energy footprint of a building. Whether a one-story garage or a skyscraper, a net zero building theoretically produces as much or more energy than it consumes. Additionally, a net zero building does not produce carbon emissions. This is often achieved through a combination of highly efficient design, carbon sequestration and offsets.
The February 26th convening came to an interesting conclusion: the future of green building is in the occupants, not the construction. This doesn’t put the entire responsibility on the occupants. Rather, it integrates behavior into the energy saving strategy.