As Net Zero energy buildings grow more popular, many have called for a standard language and certification processes. The Net Zero Energy Building Certification has taken on the task — and it is rigorous indeed, according to an article on

The author wrote that it was time to tackle this task, because “you can make a canvas tent net-zero if you have the money to put enough solar panels on it.”

The article notes the urgency for these definitions: “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.”

The certification will verify that the building actually operates as claimed, “harnessing energy from the sun, wind, or earth to exceed net annual demand.”

The article includes an overview of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California — an attractive and inspiring Net Zero Energy Certified building with impressive energy savings.

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This year, the Washington Post reported that a third of all new office spaces built in 2011 were green. This high percentage is being driven by corporate tenants’ demand for sleeker and brighter spaces, as well as their growing concern “over rising energy costs.” As a result, they are “seeking to minimize their environmental footprints (and) are putting green office space high on their wish list.”

What’s more, many markets across the country are taking measures to meet federal incentives, for example, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, included energy efficiency requirements for federal buildings.

Washington D.C. is one of these markets. “Since 2009, almost two-thirds of all office space built here has been either LEED-certified or Energy Star efficient. Demand has been strong during their leasing periods, as green buildings command lower vacancies (20.7 percent vs. 17 percent) than non-green counterparts.”

Speaking directing to the increasing demand for green, the article points out that green buildings that have leased quickly, while “multiple non-green buildings in nearby Capitol Hill that delivered during 2009-2010 are still not yet fully leased.”

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