The USGBC's website recently featured a profile on LEED-certified, energy-neutral buildings by Jeremy Sigmon. According to the article, the New Buildings Institute reported that 15 of the highest performing buildings studied are also LEED-certified at the Gold or Platinum level. Jeremy went on to say:
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting one of these stellar buildings, DPR Construction’s San Diego headquarters, which is also home to a local USGBC chapter, the San Diego Green Building Council.
It shouldn’t be all that surprising that a handful of buildings already angling for top marks in LEED also decided to shoot the moon to reach zero net energy. More importantly, almost 50 percent of buildings that are clearing the zero-net-energy bar have slashed their environmental impacts across a full range of human and environmental health metrics. They are also balancing the energy impacts of transportation and location efficiency, prioritizing investment in local products and materials, and are spurring innovation up and down supply chains of building products, technologies and services.
So, almost half of tomorrow’s energy neutral buildings are also going the distance on complementary sustainability measures. That’s a number to get excited about, and that also needs to grow!
Needless to say, we're all awfully proud of our energy-neutral and naturally daylit space, and appreciate the recognition from our colleagues at the national level of USGBC.
P.S. If you would like to learn more about the strategies employed by some of the highest performing buildings in the world, be sure to explore the net-zero collection at the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG).