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5 Key Trends Behind Zero Energy Buildings

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and New Buildings Institute (NBI) are cohosting the 2018 Getting to Zero National Forum, April 17–18, in Pittsburgh. The forum is a leading industry event aimed at growing the market for net-zero energy buildings and communities. The below piece is adapted from a recent announcement…

Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Three career paths for students to revolutionize the built environment and decarbonize the energy sector

The net-zero energy (NZE) movement is gaining momentum, revolutionizing building design and construction and presenting new career opportunities for students. As a student myself with a strong interest in sustainable design and building science, I have been closely following the industry’s momentum. Trends that have arisen in the NZE movement…

FHA Should Reconsider Its About-Face—About PACE

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it will stop insuring new mortgages on homes with property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans. As to what motivated its decision—according to its letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—the FHA is “concerned with the lack of consumer…