Net Zero 2017

August 24th, 2017

Net Zero Plus Facility
Commerce, CA


The Net Zero Conference, Energy + Water + Waste, is the nation’s largest event dedicated to net zero building design. Attendee registration has nearly doubled in each of its first three years, thereby showing the building industry’s increasing interest in a net zero future. Verdical Group, the conference organizer, is projecting the host venue to be at capacity again with 600 attendees for the fourth annual event in August 2017.

The conference will include a full program of net zero case study presentations from nationally leading AEC firms, an exhibitor table expo, and high quality networking opportunities. The conference draws a wide array of high level decision makers and will also provide five Continuing Education Units for AIA, USGBC, and LFA professional credential holders. Download the Conference Flyer | Download the Press Release | Download the Conference Program



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Deadline to submit: April 28th, 2017

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Net Zero 2017 Highlight Video

Check out last year’s Net Zero 2016 Conference video, speakers, sponsors, and program here.


Net Zero Conference Press

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November 17, 2020
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October 6, 2020
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September 28, 2020
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PRESS RELEASE: Announcing the 2020 Trailblazer Awardees!

September 16, 2020
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The conference host venue, the IBEW-NECA Net Zero Plus facility, was featured in a recent PBS documentary narrated by Ted Danson on net zero buildings and is one of the few net positive buildings in the country, producing more energy that it uses annually. A tour of this groundbreaking facility will be given by IBEW-NECA technical staff on conference day so attendees can see the net zero strategies used in person that make this project one of the highest performing buildings in the country. The facility is a living lab, complete with the latest energy efficiency features and building technology including a massive solar array, electric vehicle charging stations, energy use dashboards, advanced lighting systems, and a microgrid – all of which will be on display for attendees during the tour.

After the conference educational sessions, enjoy a drink, music, and networking at our Happy Hour in the Hall. Your Happy Hour in the Hall and Tour registration includes two drink tickets. Separate registration for the tour and happy hour is available on our registration page here.



Thursday, August 24th, 2017  |   7:00 AM — 5:00 PM   |   IBEW Net Zero Plus Facility   |   6023 Garfield Ave   |   Commerce, CA 90040   |   Get Directions

We encourage all attendees to reduce your carbon footprint and use public transit, ride sharing, or carpooling to attend. Renewable Choice Energy is serving as our Carbon Offset Sponsor by offsetting all attendee transportation emissions and venue facility emissions for the day.
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Premiere sponsor logo: Souther California Edison (SCE)



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International Living Future Institute: Verdical Group is proud to collaborate with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as a Program Partner to bring world class speakers to the Net Zero 2017 Conference.

Keynote Speakers


                                Morning Keynote
                            Lunch Keynote
                              Afternoon Keynote



Abstract Review Committee



Shoulder Workshops


Zero Net Energy for Existing Buildings


  • Location: IBEW/NECA Net Zero Plus Facility
  • Date & Time: August 23rd, 2017 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Description: This four-hour workshop will outline best practice steps and approaches to comprehensively enhance the energy performance
    of existing buildings to Zero Net Energy (ZNE). The workshop will investigate retrofit opportunities in individual buildings as well as how advanced bench-marking can help prioritize opportunities across a portfolio. For more information on this workshop, please see the flyer here.
  • Registration: Interested attendees may register for this workshop here.

Net Positive Energy: Power & The Living Building Challenge


  • Location: Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
  • Date & Time: August 25th, 2017 | 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Cost: $100 for ILFI Members, $150 for non-members
  • Description: This session will take a look at the Living Building Challenge, particularly the intricacies of the Energy Petal, to teach participants about Net Zero Energy projects and what it means to become Net Positive. The session will showcase the latest projects and programs in place that are accelerating the uptake of Net Positive Energy Buildings and Communities. For more information on this workshop, please go here.
  • Registration: Interested attendees may register for this workshop here.


Conference Growth

Selected Past Attendees


List of selected past attendees

Selected Past Sponsors



Space is limited and offered on a space-available basis. Verdical Group reserves the right to cancel this conference. In the event of such cancellation, conference sponsors have no responsibility for non-refundable or other costs incurred by registrants in anticipation of the conference. Conference sponsors neither endorse any particular vendor discussed at this conference nor do they endorse any particular good or service of such vendor. Conference sponsors are not responsible for the views, interpretations or recommendations presented in this conference, which reflect the positions of the presenters.