Zero Net Energy (ZNE) homes are the future of our industry, and ushering them into the mainstream is a priority for Build It Green. Last month, BIG hosted a webinar to explore the current state of ZNE: What’s driving growth and how do we stimulate demand?

Four Build It Green partners and industry thought leaders shared their insights, including Shilpa Sankaran, interim executive director of the Net-Zero Energy Coalition, and Sean Armstrong, founder of Redwood Energy and a true pioneer in bringing ZNE to the affordable housing world. I encourage you to watch the recorded webinar or download the presentation slides (pdf), but you can also read the key takeaways below.

Look for more Build It Green ZNE offerings and updates in the coming months. BIG’s GreenPoint Rated certification was the first to offer recognition for ZNE, and while that is a great start, we have more to do to take ZNE from the innovation phase to standard practice when it becomes part of California’s building code in 2020.


Karin Burns
Build It Green CEO

Takeaways from BIG's ZNE Webinar

Alex Coba

Communications Associate

As a proud California native from Stockton, Alex brings a wealth of experience and a versatile skill set. He has a solid communication background with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University, Chico. Alex is adept at strategic communications and media relations, with experience gathering and sharing stories from his local communities that uplift the unique spirit and values of those places. He is excited to join Build It Green, where he can apply his talents to further BIG’s mission to help communities across California thrive.