The Design Professionals Guide to Zero Net Energy Buidlings will be published in November by Island Press. I lay out the principles for achieving ZNE buildings and the issues surrounding their development. The book emphasizes the importance of building energy use in achieving a sustainable future; describes how building energy use can be minimized through smart design and energy efficiency technologies; presents practical information on how to incorporate renewable energy technologies to meet the lowered energy needs; and suggests policies that will bring ZNE buildings into the mainstream. The book identifies the building types and climates where meeting the goal will be a challenge and offers solutions for these special cases. It shows the reader, through examples and explanations, that ZNE buildings are viable and cost-effective right now. Click here for more information.