Centers of innovation, like the Rocky Mountain Institute, find ways to develop their ideas through projects like the Boulder Commons. These ideas can be transformed in new ways and adapted to the needs of housing.

Just two miles from downtown Boulder, Colorado, a new net-zero energy (NZE) development is under construction: Boulder Commons.

The project consists of two commercial buildings totaling roughly 100,000 square feet of professional office space and boasting a restaurant, coffee shop and community gathering flex space — all accessible by Boulder’s vast rail and public transportation network.

Rocky Mountain Institute’s Boulder-based employees soon will call 14,000 square feet of the development home after completion this fall. But perhaps more exciting than the forthcoming move is a major milestone that recently occurred with building owner Morgan Creek Ventures: the signing of the first net-zero lease in Colorado; and the first net-zero lease for any multitenant development of this size.

"Boulder Commons is setting a new bar for sustainability," said Andrew Bush from Morgan Creek Ventures.

  • Growing the net-zero movement
  • Bridging the landlord-tenant divide
  • Creating a net-zero lease model
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