Why should you choose to build zero energy?
Buildings represent 42.8 percent of the total energy use in Oregon, and 21 percent of GHG emissions.
Setting building construction on the path to zero energy use is the most cost-effective, readily available strategy to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.
Better Buildings + Better Health
Zero energy homes and buildings are healthier, more efficient, more durable, more comfortable, and more resilient.
Research shows they provide a more productive learning and working environment than typical buildings.
They can potentially power electric vehicles.
Our Economy + Housing Choices
Research shows that the amount it costs to invest in the energy-efficiency measures and solar panels required to make a building zero energy pays off in the long run, and sometimes pretty quickly.
Research shows that if Oregon starts on a path to zero energy today, Oregon renters, homeowners, and building owners could collectively save over one billion dollars by 2050.
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 both building owners and tenants.
Our Environment + Our Future
Zero energy buildings offer the opportunity to lead and innovate in a clean energy economy that will benefit future generations.
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;
Lower utility bills for building owners and tenants;
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.