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You are here: Home Summit EcoBuilding 2015 Archive 2015 Speakers Brad Liljequiest, Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy Program

Brad Liljequiest, Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy Program

Net Zero Energy is a sought-after goal for many buildings around the world and is becoming a more and more common claim. Yet, many buildings that claim to be Net Zero in fact are not; actual Net Zero Energy buildings are still rare. All such buildings rely on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all of their heating, cooling and electricity needs. The International Living Future Institute's Net Zero Energy Building Certification™ is the only program in the world that verifies net zero energy building performance.
Brad Liljequiest, Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy Program

Net Zero Energy Building Certification

Net Zero Energy is a sought-after goal for many buildings around the world and is becoming a more and more common claim. Yet, many buildings that claim to be Net Zero in fact are not; actual Net Zero Energy buildings are still rare. All such buildings rely on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all of their heating, cooling and electricity needs. The International Living Future Institute's Net Zero Energy Building Certification™ is the only program in the world that verifies net zero energy building performance.

It’s one thing to say a building is zero energy; it’s another thing to prove it. We can do this through independent, third-party auditing of energy bills and metering data, verifying that the building is truly operating as claimed, harnessing energy from the sun, wind or earth to exceed net annual demand.

Using third-party certification, this program provides a platform for NZE buildings to inform efforts throughout the world and accelerate the implementation of proven restorative principles.  These case studies are used worldwide by cutting edge building developers and designers, building and inspiring others around the globe.

This session, led by the Director of the Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy program, will provide detailed information on how to achieve NZE certification, using case studies and stories about successes and lessons learned. Participants will gain the key tools and knowledge to use those lessons in their own practice.

Bio

Brad Liljequist, Technical Director, Net Zero Energy Buildings and Living Community Challenge, International Living Future Institute

As director of the Institute's Net Zero Energy and Living Community programs, Brad is at the forefront of a global transformation toward a carbon-free future. He directed development of the Petal and Net Zero Energy Certified zHome, the first multifamily zero net energy community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient of the international 2012 ASHRAE Technology award.  Brad has nearly three decades of experience catalyzing change in the fields of planning, environmental policy, urban design, construction management and sustainable building.  He was educated at Georgetown University, the University of St. Andrews and the University of Washington Evans School.

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