Webinar: How Can We Make Net Zero the Norm? USGBC National Capital Region, March 31

  • 31 March 2020
  • Start time : 12:00 PM
  • End time : 01:00 PM
  • Event Host : About USGBC National Capital Region
NetZero Building USGBC National Capital Region
Event Description

An open roundtable to discuss what it's going to take to make net zero construction and operation the norm.


Net zero construction and operation of buildings have quickly become a critical component of our industry’s climate change toolbox needed to help achieve local, national and global carbon reductions targets. Yet, despite the clear need and current availability of both technology and expertise, we see few commercial projects in the DC-MD-VA Region (DMV) pursuing net zero outside of schools and trophy demonstration projects. To set the stage for a roundtable on this enormous challenge faced by each of our communities, internationally renowned net zero expert Albert Bicol will discuss what it will take to move toward a net zero future:

Net-Zero Energy Needs to Become the Norm

The World Green Building Council and United Nations have both noted that for us to stop the 2-degree temperature rise of our planet, climate change, all buildings need to be Net-Zero by 2050. Essentially, we all need to be designing and constructing our buildings to Net-Zero or Carbon Neutral today. There are more and more companies up to this challenge and, if this trend continues, this will be the norm in the construction industry. This presentation will discuss how designing net-Zero buildings is no longer unapproachably challenging and complex, but net zero projects still need to find ways to inspire people to act urgently. Albert will present several of his 54 Net-Zero projects as examples.

The presentation and Q&A will be followed by an update on LEED Zero and an open discussion on what it will take to make net zero the norm in our communities.


  • 11:55 AM EST – Webinar Opens to Registered Attendees
  • 12:00 PM – Program begins
  • 12:05 PM – Net-Zero Energy Needs to Become the Norm – Presentation and Q + A
  • 1:00 PM – LEED Zero Update
  • 1:20 PM – Roundtable Discussion: Moving the DMV Forward
  • 2:00 PM – Webinar closes

About USGBC National Capital Region:

The U.S. Green Building Council National Capital Region (USGBC-NCR) is working to make healthy, sustainable buildings a reality for the people of the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area within a generation. Our diverse membership is comprised of builders, architects, environmentalists, nonprofits, and students, providing us with a wealth of knowledge and industry access at every level. As part of a large network that is creating sustainable places to live and work across the entire country, we work both collaboratively and independently to fulfill USGBC's mission here in the National Capital Region.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • About USGBC National Capital Region
  • Cost
    • $10

      *USGBC-NCR-MD-VA Members can use their event code to unlock free tickets to this event.
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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