High Performance Participation

Jan 31, 2014

Sustainable Design is here to stay and the goals are only getting leaner. We’re delighted to share that many of our net-zero seeking projects have achieved zero energy or are just a few tweaks (or weeks) away. This includes Hood River Middle School’s Music and Science Building (Opsis Architecture) which is LEED Platinum Certified and Net-Zero Energy, marking its third year of creating more energy than it uses; Sacred Heart Lower and Middle School Library (WRNS Studio), part of the new Lower and MIddle School campus, is performing at net-positive energy (first year EUI of 14.9 KBTU/sf/year); and PCC’s Newberg Education Center (Hennebery Eddy Architects) is LEED Platinum Certified and just a step away from net-zero energy. 

Reaching net-zero is tricky and a new report from New Building Institute, “2014 Getting to Zero Status” says only 32 buildings in the U.S. are verified. NBI reached out to Stacey Lin, Energy Team Leader, to assist them in the research. 

Continuing with the net-zero theme, Interface is excited to share that we will be the Change Agent Sponsor of Living Future’s international Net Positive Energy + Water Conference in San Francisco (February 4 and 5). The conference will address net positive issues and share the latest in zero energy and water ideas, technologies and applications—all presented by a select group of leading-edge experts from around the world.

DC’s Building Energy Summit on April 1 promises to be an industry-changing event, where building owners, energy experts—including Interface’s Roger Frechette, who a is guest speaker, and technology pioneers will converge to address the challenges and opportunities surrounding the need for more energy efficient buildings. Early bird registration ends January 31.