Painters Hall, a community building in Salem, Ore., and the IDeAs Z2 Design Facility, an office building in San Jose, Calif., are the first two buildings to achieve net-zero status under the Net Zero Energy Certification program of the International Living Building Institute. These buildings not only create as much energy as they consume, their wastewater treatment is done on site. For a building to achieve net-zero certification, it must have been operational for a minimum of 12 months before it is evaluated, unlike U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program, which provides certification based on modeled outcomes.

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