A Theory of Net Positivity

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity changed the world of science in the 20th century. In 2010, we’re thinking about a new theory that could have a tremendous [positive] impact on the built environment of the 21st century and beyond. While our industry is beginning to learn more and more about zero energy and zero emissions building, (ZEB) or “Net Zero,” our hope is that HOK can lead the way to building these increasingly necessary projects that consume zero net energy and emit zero net carbon. 

In response to Architecture 2030′s challenge to the global architecture and building community, HOK has committed to designing all buildings to be 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030. HOK’s Net Zero efforts are chronicled in several of our blog posts on HOKlife.com.  HOK’s Chairman, Bill Valentine recently authored an article for Contract Magazine about our prototype project, a 170,735-sq.-ft. Class A, zero emissions office building called Net Zero Co2urt.

While HOK is proud to advance Net Zero, we would be remiss to stop there. We’ve challenged ourselves to pose and respond to an important question: What happens beyond Zero? The mathematical answer is positive. HOK is learning a lot about what it means to build a Net Zero building. We are excited to share with you at Greenbuild 2010 our current thinking on what it means to be Net Positive  and how we can approach our work to get there. Make sure to visit our booth to participate in the dialogue and submit your ideas for a chance at winning an Apple iPad! 

Stay tuned for more information about our move toward Net Positive between now and Greenbuild. You can also remain informed by following us on Twitter (HOKNetwork) or by joining us on Facebook (HOK Careers).


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