Lancaster adopts new ZNE home ordinance that expands on solar requirements

“The City of Lancaster has always prided itself on being a City of firsts – we continue to do so as we pave the way in the sustainable energy sphere,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. Mayor Parris is referring to the new zero net energy home ordinance adopted by city leaders in January 2017, which … Continue reading Lancaster adopts new ZNE home ordinance that expands on solar requirements

California legislation would require more than solar-ready roofs

Current California laws require new construction projects under 10 stories to be “solar ready,” meaning they are built with 15% of the roof surface clear and unshaded to accommodate the addition of solar panels or solar thermal systems later in the building’s life cycle. Senate Bill 71, new legislation introduced to the State Senate and … Continue reading California legislation would require more than solar-ready roofs

Decathlon program focuses on ZNE buildings

College teams from around the world are preparing for the upcoming Solar Decathlon in Denver, Colorado, this October. This year’s projects will feature zero net energy dwellings—completely powered by solar generation resources--that are designed and constructed by 13 interdisciplinary college teams from the U.S. and internationally. The winner of the competition will be the team … Continue reading Decathlon program focuses on ZNE buildings

Case studies demonstrate feasibility and process for ZNE across sectors

In a recent survey by New Buildings Institute on resource needs for designers and green building advocates, case studies topped the list of the most requested educational tools. On behalf of the CPUC, NBI recently published five new case studies that demonstrate private developers’ interest in ZNE and highlight the opportunities for ZNE in existing … Continue reading Case studies demonstrate feasibility and process for ZNE across sectors

SFUSD honored with transformation award for pushing toward carbon neutrality by 2040

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has won the Transformation Award for its work setting goals to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. The award was given by the Center for Green Schools and the Green Schools National Network (GSNN) during the recent Green Schools Conference and Expo, where the 2017 Best of Green Schools honorees were announced. … Continue reading SFUSD honored with transformation award for pushing toward carbon neutrality by 2040

Santa Monica to help builders with new residential ZNE guidance

In conjunction with Santa Monica’s reach code that passed in October 2016, the city has published the to assist future home owners, developers, and builders to construct their single family and low-rise residential buildings to ZNE standards.  The guide provides detailed steps on how to set goals, reduce energy loads, select efficient equipment, include renewable … Continue reading Santa Monica to help builders with new residential ZNE guidance

California’s Commercial ZNE Action Plan update is underway

The California Public Utilities Commission is kicking off the Commercial ZNE Action Plan which was last updated in 2011. This process will result in the next steps to move ZNE commercial buildings forward across California with input across stakeholder groups, and includes six key drivers to be addressed. Ultimately, the Action Plan intends to create … Continue reading California’s Commercial ZNE Action Plan update is underway