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Jim Young | Dec 16, 2013

Irving, Texas building state’s second net-zero school

Lee Elementary School, scheduled to open in fall 2014, will be net-zero-ready, and if the school board decides to sell district bonds and allow the purchase of additional solar panels, will be a true net-zero facility.

Jim Young | Dec 9, 2013

Skaneateles, N.Y., converts old firehouse to net-zero village hall

The Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles, N.Y., renovated its vacant firehouse into Skaneateles Village Hall, the first municipal net-zero energy building in the state of New York.

Jim Young | Dec 2, 2013

Security is key component of Army’s net-zero assessment strategy

For the U.S. Army, creating secure sources of energy is an important driver for its net zero goals. Critical military missions are at a high risk of failure in the event of an electric grid failure, according to a Defense Science Board report.

Jim Young | Nov 25, 2013

New California codes moving state toward net-zero requirements

Under the new Title 24, all new residential construction must be net zero by 2020, with all new commercial buildings achieving this goal by 2030.

Jim Young | Nov 19, 2013

Net-zero senior housing project aimed at low-income residents in Virginia

A big driver to achieve net-zero was to offer affordable housing with reduced energy costs for low-income seniors.

Jim Young | Nov 11, 2013

New San Francisco 49ers stadium will achieve net zero thanks to 49 large solar panels

The installation of 49 large rooftop solar panels at the 49ers new stadium outside San Francisco will help the arena achieve net-zero energy use, according to NRG, the company that installed the panels.

Jim Young | Nov 5, 2013

Living Building Challenge clarifies net-zero definitions and standards

The Living Building Challenge has released the Net Zero Energy Building Certification to provide clearer definitions regarding what net zero really means and how it is to be achieved.

Jim Young | Oct 28, 2013

Packard Foundation’s headquarters receives ILFI Net Zero certification

The Packard Foundation’s 49,000-sf headquarters recently achieved Net Zero Energy Certification through the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), making it the largest such building in the world.

Jim Young | Oct 21, 2013

University of Queensland’s net-zero building features biomimicry-based design

University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI) building in Australia showcases on-site solar energy sources, biomimicry-based design features, and the first structural use of low-carbon concrete in the country.

Jim Young | Oct 14, 2013

Computer simulation aids design of Vermont ski area net-zero lodge and fitness center

The Craftsbury (Vermont) Outdoor Center has broken ground on a new activity lodge and fitness center. An energy modeling computer simulation was used to optimize solar orientation, insulation values, and the form of the building.

Jim Young

About the Author: A seasoned industry leader, Young combines deep understanding of both lighting and controls.  Currently VP of Sales and Marketing for WattStopper, Young formerly served in a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands®, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the company's specialty lighting group.  He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in planning and energy management.