From RMI: Could Net-Zero Energy Schools Improve Children’s Education?

Are there benefits to expect from zero net energy investments in schools beyond energy, operational and environmental savings? Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the New Buildings Institute review educational benefits in a new post: “…Consider that each year K–12 schools spend more than $8 billion on energy—more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. Too…

Webinar 7/14: Smart Green Cities: Case studies in resilient and sustainable energy technologies

New emerging technologies related to the “Internet of Things” digitalization and distributed energy resources are quickly changing the energy landscape for cities. Smart city technologies and concepts are defined broadly around the use of digital technologies (more…)

Webinar 6/15: How to create demand for zero energy (Build It Green)

Learn about the Build It Green webinar, “How to create demand for zero energy” to be held June 15th at 12pm PDT below. Click here to register. The Net-Zero Energy Coalition (NZEC) recently published “To Zero and Beyond: Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study,” an inventory of residential single- and multi-family (more…)

NYTimes Coverage and Slideshow: Zero Net Energy Test Homes in Fontana, Homeowner Feedback, and Plans for Expansion

The development of zero net energy (ZNE) homes in Fontana announced last April got press as the focus of this June 3rd New York Times article:  A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy. Visit the New York Times for the full story – (more…)

Hayward’s New Municipal Building Zero Net Energy Policy

As shared by the City of Hayward in their recent press release: 2016—Hayward leads again! The Hayward City Council recently directed staff to assure that all new municipal buildings, as well as significant retrofits of existing municipal (more…)

Palo Alto Leads on Energy Efficiency Codes, Proposes City Council Adoption of 2016 Reach Code

Earlier this month, the City of Palo Alto shared its findings on adoption of reach code to require building energy efficiencies 10% above the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). Excerpts from the City’s report to City Council are available below – these excerpts provide a great overview of how reach codes…
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