The Power of Zero Book Release

Learning from the World's First Net Zero Energy Buildings
Feb 22, 2016 9:00 AM ET

THE POWER OF ZEROLearning from the World’s First Net Zero Energy Buildings
: 02.22.2016
Author: Brad Liljequist
Contributors: Jason F. McLennan, Brendan Cook, Jess Chamberlain, Adam Paul Amrein
Introduction: Amanda Sturgeon
Publisher: Ecotone Publishing – An Imprint of the International Living Future Institute
ISBN: 9780982774953
List: $39.95 US
Pages: 232
Softcover, Full Color, Perfect bound, 9”x 9”

Press Release

February 22, 2016 /3BL Media/ -  Net zero energy buildings use no more energy than they generate over the course of a year.  These buildings offer a powerful antidote to the finite limitations associated with fossil fuel use—climate change, ocean acidification, extraction impacts, defending energy supplies, and more. The Power of Zero showcases the world’s leading net zero energy buildings, demonstrating tangible examples, successful strategies, and actual data for developers, designers and contractors to effectively achieve net zero energy performance.  Projects include commercial, residential, and institutional buildings, both new and remodeled, in an array of different climates.

The Power of Zero is written both for the interested layperson and the engaged technician.  Part I begins with an exploration of the underlying principles needed to achieve net zero energy at the building and the community scale. Part II presents nineteen unique case studies from proven Net Zero Energy Certified projects in a variety of climates with different typologies and sizes. Part III delves into the visionary master planning involved in the creation of net zero energy communities. Considering this array of powerful examples and innovative concepts, The Power of Zero concludes with a progressive look ahead along the regenerative path to achieving a carbon-free, Net Positive future. 

“Forty percent of American energy use comes from building operations,” said Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute. “We have the technology to reduce this number to zero—demonstrated by the nineteen remarkable net zero energy buildings contained in The Power of Zero.”

The book is now available for purchase at

About the Author
Brad Liljequist is one of the world’s leading experts on net zero energy buildings and communities.  Brad conceptualized and led the development of zHome, the first net zero energy multifamily community in the United States, as well as Issaquah Fire Station 72, the world’s most energy efficient fire station and recipient in 2012 of the international ASHRAE Technology award.  Today, he is the Director of the International Living Future Institute’s Net Zero Energy and Living Community Challenge programs, working with the most energy efficient and innovative buildings and communities worldwide.

Advance Praise for THE POWER OF ZERO: Learning from the World’s First Net Zero Energy Buildings
“This book will make architects happy; it makes those of us who care about the climate absolutely overjoyed, because it shows another path away from our current paradigm and towards a much sweeter one!”

--BILL MCKIBBEN, Author, Deep Economy

About the Publisher:
Ecotone Publishing is a division of the International Living Future Institute and is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for authoritative and accessible books on sustainable design, materials selection and building techniques in North America and beyond. Located in the Cascadia region, Ecotone is well positioned to play an important part in the renowned green design movement of the Pacific Northwest. Instilled with the same pioneering spirit from that which the company was born, Ecotone searches out inspiring projects, people and vital trends that can lead the design industry to transformational change toward a healthier planet.

Media Contacts:
Lisa Lilienthal

For review copy:
Michael Berrisford, Ecotone Publishing