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From High-Rises to Subdivisions, the US Is Getting Closer to Building Sustainable and Resilient Zero-Net Energy Communities

Future Structure
November 2014 Issue
By Janice King

While the debate is ongoing whether net-zero or zero-net is the appropriate designation, communities across the country are beginning to agree on a way forward to building entire neighborhoods that are ZNE.

The construction of new energy-efficient buildings for the American Public University System (APUS) offers insights into how cities and the private sector can work together on energy-efficient development. APUS worked closely with local officials and community members while developing its building plans.

“For any local government, I would encourage them to be open to change and new types of building design and construction,” said Michael White, vice president of tax, budgeting and facilities management at APUS.

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