What is a Zero Energy Building?

It's a highly-efficient building that generates as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. A zero energy ready building is a building that would be zero energy with the addition of solar panels. 

Why should you choose to build zero energy?

Putting building construction on the path to zero net energy use is the most cost-effective and immediately available strategy for lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment

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Better Buildings + Better Health

  • Zero energy homes and buildings are healthier, more efficient, more durable, more comfortable, and have better indoor air quality.

  • They provide a more productive learning and working environment than typical buildings.

  • They can potentially power electric vehicles.

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Our Economy + Housing Choices

  • Zero energy homes and buildings create a strong economy with more job opportunities for Oregonians.

  • They create an advanced + vibrant building and construction sector.

  • They lead to a lower cost of home ownership + lower utility bills for renters, low-income homeowners, and small businesses.

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Our Environment + Our Future

  • Zero energy homes and buildings eliminate the need for fossil-fueled power plants.

  • They create a resilient Oregon that is better protected from a changing climate + doing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • They create a state powered by clean energy + highly-efficient buildings.


By working as a coalition to increase zero energy homes and buildings in Oregon, we are working toward:

  • A strong economy with more job opportunities for Oregonians;

  • An advanced and vibrant building and construction sector;

  • A state powered by clean energy and highly-efficient buildings;

  • The elimination of the need for fossil fuel power plants;

  • A lower cost of home ownership and lower utility bills for renters, low income homeowners, and small businesses;

  • Healthier, more comfortable, and more efficient homes and workplaces;

  • A resilient Oregon that is better protected from a changing climate and doing its part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.