In November 2012, Simi Valley adopted a Voluntary Green Building Policy, developed with support from its local government partnership (LGP) with Southern California Edison. The policy is available here, and the Executive Summary, with background on Simi (more…)
Learn how the new SFPUC smart building in San Francisco is one of the most efficient buildings in America. Of particular interest: description of the building’s 4 building-integrated vertical wind turbines and 600 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at minute 8; an intelligent building management system (BMS) that inter-manages heating, cooling, air flow/duct operations, lighting and…
A recent study conducted by UC Berkeley and UCLA has found that homes in California labeled with Energy Star, GreenPoint Rated or LEED are valued higher, selling for an average of up to 9% higher than comparable homes without green labeling/identification. Read more in the study housed on StopWaste’s website.
Click here to review PG&E’s case study on Santa Rosa’s solar and energy efficiency activities.
The City and County of San Francisco’s Benchmarking Report for 2011 is now available on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) website. Given that San Francisco’s commitment to public disclosure of building energy use was just started in 2011, the report covers important methodology and has a number of useful best practices, assumptions, and…
Learn more about the Los Angeles County Internal Services Department’s ongoing successes with retro-commissioning: including costs, savings, and best practices. LA County RCx measures include: • Testing and calibrating of existing controls • Improved Chiller Sequencing • Chilled Water Reset • Installed customized Purge Cycles • Optimized Economizer Controls • Optimized Scheduled Start/Stop of…
Using American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding and low- and no-interest loans from PG&E, the City of Watsonville has replaced their inefficient high pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs. Visit their website to see how the upgrades have improved the lighting quality and lowered the City’s energy bills.
Hear from the City of San Diego, the County of Sonoma, and StopWaste.org (a public agency operating for Alameda County) on how to leverage Energy Upgrade California, integrate it into your existing programming, and communicate opportunities to your community.
Hear from the County of Sonoma, the City and County of San Francisco, the County of Los Angeles, and SoCal Gas on financing best practices at the 3rd Annual SEEC Forum:
This issue paper from NRDC covers opportunities for energy efficiency in small server rooms, and shares some interesting findings from surveying of small and medium-sized companies.
This Govtech.com article covers the great investments made by the City of Merced in smart building technologies, which are saving the City money everyday. Learn more about the installed smart building measures – including demand control ventilation, smart thermostats, smart card readers and light fixtures – are monitoring buildings to improve comfort for building occupants,…
Looking for guidance on retro-commissioning policy development? A draft of Inyo County’s commissioning (Cx) and retro-commissioning (RCx) policy is available online (more…)
A guide supporting landlord and tenant energy efficiency activities is available from the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International: Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords (more…)
ASES’ Northern California Chapter, NorCal Solar has just published the 9th edition of their Solar Energy Resource Guide. This great publication is full of information on going solar including articles on how to get your project financed, how to tell how well you (more…)
Have designers and architects in your community looking to learn more about how to make zero net energy buildings a reality? Check out resources and workshops coming from PG&E: