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.

(Source: Oregon Department of Energy, 2018 Biennial Energy Report, 2018)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.