Net Zero Zone Again Returns to Greenbuild 2017

“With microgrid market growth significantly outpacing forecasts made by industry experts just two years ago, the Net Zero Zone at Greenbuild continues to reflect the progress of the marketplace opportunity for alternate energy generation, storage and distribution and has been a show feature in the Expo Hall since its creation in 2014,” said Lindsay Roberts, group director, Informa Exhibitions. “Showcasing progressive technology on the show floor perfectly aligns with our mission of moving the green building movement forward while simultaneously educating our audience in new and exciting interactive formats.”

The Net Zero Zone will be held in the Expo Hall with alternative renewable power coming from solar arrays located outdoors and will feature:

  •     Products and services of participating site-based power suppliers and managers
  •     Products and services of participating exhibitors in the Net Zero Zone
  •     A “live” Microgrid Showcase area on the show floor
  •     A Networking Lounge adjacent to the Showcase and Net Zero Zone.


A net-zero energy building is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

The official launch of the Net Zero, in a now traditional ceremony called “Greenbuild Unplugged” will take place Wed., Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Net Zero Zone located in the Expo Hall inside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and all Greenbuild participants are invited to attend.

Designed using EMerge Alliance standards for the hybrid use of alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) power in buildings, the Net Zero Zone showcases the safety, efficiency, reliability and resiliency of hybrid microgrids – systems of on-site electric power generation, storage and distribution that can operate either in combination with the local utility grid or in isolation from it. Exhibitor booths in the Net Zero Zone will demonstrate the seamless capability of semi-autonomously operating both on, off and in combination with the local utility grid.

“The theme of this year’s conference is ‘All In,’ which includes leaving no stone unturned in our pursuit of what’s next — new technology, new ideas and new ways forward,” said Kate Hurst, senior vice president of conferences and events, USGBC. “The Net Zero Zone is a great example of what’s next when it comes to sustainability. It is no surprise that the largest sustainable building conference in the world is the best place to showcase this evolved approach to electric power systems.”

According to EMerge Alliance President Brian Patterson, the Alliance is on a mission to create a more resilient and sustainable infrastructure for electric power in the…

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