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If you want to find innovation in green building, new construction is the first place you should look. “There are a ton of initiatives going on” in this area, according to Megan Baker, senior director of Engagement for the Green Building Initiative. One trend that intrigues Baker is buildings going net zero energy neutral by using a battery or some other mechanism to store energy. “They’re basically trying to store energy and then be able to use it at various times of the day,” she says.

Through the use of glazing, such as skylights, building designers can create more natural light, which also reduces energy consumption. “It can also have a positive effect on the tenants of the building,” Baker says.

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