Video: Zero Net Energy Library Construction Started in Imperial Beach

A new zero net energy (ZNE) library branch of San Diego County has entered the construction phase in Imperial Beach, and is slated to be completed before the end of 2016.This library will be the second zero net energy library in the County of San Diego’s portfolio. For a quick overview of the project, check…

New Alpine Zero Net Energy Library Groundbreaking Ceremony Held March 6th

A new zero net energy (ZNE) library in Alpine held its Groundbreaking Ceremony on March 6th. The new library is the County of San Diego’s first of multiple ZNE libraries planned for construction, and combines energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies to achieve its net zero energy use. Utilized strategies include architectural design to minimize…

Santa Barbara County’s Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) Program

To support energy efficiency in community projects, the County of Santa Barbara runs the innovative Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) program (formerly known as the IBRP), to provide complimentary energy efficiency expertise from community leaders during the (more…)

ZNE Case Studies Available at New Buildings Institute: Features include San Francisco’s Exploratorium, San Diego offices, San Leandro ZNE Training Center

Looking to learn more about zero net energy (ZNE) best practices? The New Buildings Institute has released a number of case studies describing zero net energy retrofits and development from across the continent. California buildings are prominently featured, and include: San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) building, offices on San Diego’s…

Presentation: Local Policies to Achieve Zero Net Energy Buildings

Presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy, Local Policies to Achieve ZNE Buildings (part 2) is a great resource to hear from cities and experts on programming that can help get local governments ready for zero net energy use in buildings. Speakers and more information listed below: This webinar focused on two strategies at the…

US Department of Energy Guidance on Zero Energy Buildings

Looking for more information on what to expect in a Zero Net Energy building? The U.S. Department of Energy has used an extensive process of stakeholder engagement to carefully define Zero Energy Buildings in their new document, A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, released today. Per the Definition, such a building is “an energy-efficient building where,…

Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs): Success Stories Show 58% Average Energy Savings

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s new paper, Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) looks at the model of using long-term performance contracting to avoid upfront capital costs and tie payment to verification of energy and cost savings. The paper covers the following best practices, and then shares case studies of seven federal building…

2015 SEEC Forum Plenary Presentation

Below is a recording of the 6th Annual SEEC Forum’s final plenary session. Hear from California Building Industry Association (CBIA)’s Bob Raymer how Title 24’s new code requirements (coming 2017) like high performing attics (more…)
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