Ask a panel of engineers and architects, "What will the next generation of Net Zero energy buildings look like?" and they'll say that the new buildings may be bit smarter, or even a lot bigger, but they will be designed using the same principles. What’s new, they say, is a greater focus on the occupant’s role in operating these buildings. About 100 people, mostly from the design and build community, gathered on February 26 in San Francisco to discuss the industry's most successful Net Zero buildings, including IDeAs Z Squared, the first Net Zero commercial building in the United States, and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, which was one of the first buildings designated as a Living Building.

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