Sustainable construction trade show Greenbuild says it will have the world’s first “Net Zero Zone” during the Oct. 22-24 event in New Orleans.

“Driven by the innovative work of EMerge Alliance and its members, the launch of the new Net Zero Zone will make Greenbuild 2014 the first conference and expo to have exhibition space where booths are fully powered by an on-site micro-grid, including alternate energy generation, storage and distribution,” said Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild’s show director. “This is an important step for the trade show industry and sends a strong message to the entire green building movement that hybrid power in buildings is both possible and practical.”

The 1,500-square-foot zero energy building space will showcase 11 exhibitors and technologies such as green HVAC. It will open at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 22.

“The Net Zero Zone illustrates one of the main themes of this year’s conference: resiliency,” said U.S. Green Building Council director of conferences and events Kate Hurst. “At USGBC, we can’t think of a better place than New Orleans or a more important venue than the largest sustainable building conference in the world to introduce this evolved approach to electric power.”