Building Performance

Rich, productive, and inspiring environments promote human well-being, preserve natural resources, and provide flexibility and resilience for the future.

ZEN (Zero-Energy Nanotechnology) Building

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

This demonstration building is the largest zero energy-capable, mixed-use facility in the United States.

ZEN facade

Myth Buster

ZEN (Zero-Energy Nanotechnology) Building

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

ZEN is the realization of a long-term vision to convert zero-energy concepts and innovations into cost-effective realities. The building is designed to approach net zero in such a way that it can serve as a demonstration project for building owners and developers.

Living Lab

Trinity's investment in energy efficiency and sustainability earned it a Texas-sized ROI in the form of a $1.3M rebate from San Antonio's public utility.

The new Agricultural Engineering Building marks an important step forward for our program by providing the 21st-century facilities our faculty and students need to solve society's most pressing problems.

Paul Heinemann Professor & Chair, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Penn State

Featured Building Performance News & Publications

Microscopic image of COVID-19

ASHRAE and ASHE Engineers Join Forces to Fight COVID-19

by Emery Otruba

People interacting in an office space

Air Filter MERV Ratings: What Do They Mean?

by Teresa Rainey

View of Georgetown in DC overlooking the Potomac River

DC's New Building Energy Performance Standards

by Justin Shultz


Net Zero Buildings Magazine explores how the ZEN Building, the largest zero energy-capable facility in the nation, is a test bed for emerging building technologies and shows the world what can be economically accomplished today.