Arizona Desert Hosts World’s Largest “Net-Zero Energy” Building

August 14, 2013

In the Arizona desert lies the world’s largest “net-zero energy” building. It is the Phoenix Regional Office of DPR Construction. It was given this certification by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

DPR “net zero energy” building. Image Credit: Building Dashboard.

Located on the corner of 44th and Van Buren, the energy efficiency transformation took 10 months to complete.

It is the largest building in the world to receive such a certification from this particular institution. It was originally a windowless concrete block building from the 1970s which was aging. It was a 16,553-square-foot storefront. It is pretty impressive that it was turned into such a masterpiece of energy efficiency.

Many building owners may think it’s impossible to turn an aging, neglected building into something highly sustainable – especially in an extreme climate like Phoenix,” said Mark Roddy, SmithGroupJJR design principal. But that’s precisely what we’ve achieved.

To achieve net-zero status, a building must have a net energy consumption of zero over a one year period.

DPR Construction and Smi