Online | Economics of Net Zero Energy

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 9:00am to 10:00am PST

Economics of Net Zero Energy
January 24rd, 9:00am-10:00am

The true costs and benefits of a Net Zero Energy building can be difficult to isolate in a rapidly changing market. So how can you make the business case for a Net Zero Energy building? We will discuss potential financing mechanisms, including some tools that have recently emerged. This conversation will have representatives from multiple fields in order to provide feedback across the spectrum of development. 

  1. Learn about the costs and benefits of building with Net Zero Energy
  2. Understand strategies that help acheive a Net Zero Energy building
  3. Discuss how to properly track costs using tools built for Net Zero Energy buildings
  4. Recognize the hurdles and success of the economics of Net Zero Energy buildings
Ralph DiNola, New Buildings Institute 

New Buildings Institute CEO, Ralph DiNola, has dedicated his professional life to bringing sustainability, green building and energy efficiency innovation to scale. For more than 20 years he has served as a consultant to developers, governments and Fortune 500 companies seeking quantum advances in their building practices and projects.  He has been invited to provide keynote presentations at corporate meetings and international conferences and serves as an expert facilitator and educator.  Ralph served as a technical advisor for the Living Building Challenge™ standard, is a LEED Fellow and has consulted on over 130 LEED® projects, including ten precedent-setting LEED Platinum certifications.  Ralph was founding board chair of the International Living Future Institute, served on the USGBC LEED Retail Committee and was recipient of the Better Bricks Green Building Advocate Award and voted one of the 50 most influential Portlanders by Portland Monthly Magazine.  Ralph has a bachelor’s degree in Historic Preservation from Roger
Williams University and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from University of Oregon.
Rob Harmon, Environmental Entrepreneur and Policy Expert

Rob Harmon is a serial environmental entrepreneur and policy expert. He has worked in the fields of energy productivity, renewable energy and water for nearly 30 years. Since 1998, Rob has focused on creating practical, scalable alternatives to outdated, entrenched, transaction structures. He helped found the Renewable Energy Markets Association, and served as Chairman of its National Policy Committee.
Brad Liljequist, Director of NZE and Living Community Challenge, ILFI

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.