The latest net-zero news

Energy Trust supports the innovative people who make net-zero buildings possible, from current industry professionals to the leaders of tomorrow. Through our Net Zero Fellowship Grant, we are able to support research projects that advance net-zero design and technologies, address potential barriers and help grow community involvement.  

Net Zero Fellowship 

Our current Net Zero Fellow, Jean von Bargen Root, has just released her research exploring barriers and opportunities to advance net-zero energy in commercial-industrial developments in Oregon. With a focus on the Willamette Valley, Rogue Valley and High Desert, Jean evaluated current and future climate conditions and assessed how local development codes, standards and policies help or hinder net-zero performance in this building type. Read the full research report and design guide on Energy Trust’s 2021 Net Zero Fellows page. 

We are also proud to announce our next two Net Zero Fellows: Anyeley Hallová (left) and Hannah Rusnac (right). 


Anyeley is a real estate developer with over 17 years of experience and is founder of Adre, a real estate development company focused on developing buildings that create social and economic benefits for BIPOC communities through the creation of affordable homes, mixed-use developments and facilities for mission-driven organizations. For her research, Anyeley will develop a replicable ecodistrict framework and district energy microgrid strategy in which infrastructure and building systems are integrated into the design and planning of a small urban site. 

Hannah is a multidisciplinary designer and lead researcher at Holst, where she creates spaces that are sustainable and supportive of human health and well-being. For her research, Hannah will analyze the embodied and operational carbon of a range of wood-framed and hybrid construction multifamily housing projects in Oregon’s two climate zones. 

Learn more about these two fellows on Energy Trust’s current Net Zero Fellows page. 

Events and training

Energy Trust, NEEA and Ventacity Systems are co-hosting a free webinar titled: “A High-Performance HVAC Approach for Better IAQ, Savings and Resilience”.   

Join us on Thursday, November 17 for a four-hour live, interactive webinar on a wide range of ventilation topics including system design, specification and installation for high performance commercial buildings. The training will help familiarize attendees with dedicated outside air systems (DOAS), including technology advances in, and the pairing of, HRVs/ERVs, very high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, and optimized system design.  

This HVAC design approach has been proven to yield significant energy and cost savings in new and existing small-to-medium commercial buildings across the Northwest, while providing better indoor air quality and improved occupant comfort. The training is eligible for 4 PHE CEUs.  


Featured project 

A beautiful new apartment community has Redmond, Oregon’s midtown district bustling. Midtown Place offers affordable housing to families and workers who drive the area’s economy, and features healthy, comfortable living spaces that prioritize energy efficiency and low utility costs.  

Read more about Midtown Place on Energy Trust’s blog. 

For more information about the Net Zero Fellowship research, the New Buildings training series and other New Buildings projects, please email the New Buildings trade ally teamor call 1.877.467.0930.