To combat climate change in Illinois, it’s time we made net zero buildings feasible, affordable, and so commonplace that every building in Illinois by 2050 is net zero. Mainstreaming the technology and building methods, whether new or existing, will not be easy but no one is better positioned to make it happen than green building professionals.

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Five-Year Strategy

  • Educating architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals to ensure there are at least 100 AEC firms who have the expertise to use net zero building methods in their work and can help us raise awareness about their value with building owners and policymakers.
  • Removing barriers by providing information about the technical, financial, social and policy roadblocks to net zero adoption and passing at least two major new laws that help to overcome these barriers.
  • Demonstrating it can work everywhere by collaborating with people in historically underinvested communities where building types are often viewed as not possible to retrofit to net zero (schools, community buildings, affordable housing, etc.) By piloting programs that showcase this is feasible in 100 buildings around Illinois, we can better make the case for policies that help these buildings in more places take action.

Defining Net Zero: Illinois Green’s goals align with the reduction of global carbon emissions and net zero buildings. Whether net zero carbon, net zero energy, net zero waste, or net zero water, buildings in pursuit of net zero play an outsized role in achieving our goals. Definitions for net zero terms are nuanced throughout the industry and IGA supports programs and regulation that are moving in this direction. Typically, buildings that set these ambitious targets are highly energy efficient, may produce on-site, or purchase, renewable energy, consider strategies to reduce embodied carbon, conserve water, and minimize waste, amongst other strategies.