Innovations like the iPhone and electric vehicles have received a lot of hype in the 21st century, but where's the love for the incredible net-zero building innovation?

Architect editor-in-chief Ned Cramer poses this question in his latest editorial, noting people sometimes take innovation for granted. He points to a bit Louis C.K. did in 2008 condemning people for getting impatient with their phones' connection ('Give it a second! It’s going to space!') and airline delays ('Oh, really? What happened next? Did you fly through the air, incredibly, like a bird? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight?').

The most significant technical innovation in architecture since the advent of computer-aided design in the 1970s, the net-zero building could positively reshape our way of life, promoting energy independence, reducing drought and carbon emissions, creating jobs.

After decades of innovation and advocacy, architects and designers may think of sustainable design and net-zero buildings as received wisdom, or even as old hat. But we cannot afford to step back the evangelism. We cannot stop until everyone in the United States—everyone around the globe, really—considers the net-zero building to be a fact of life-, and its absence to be unacceptable.

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