Updating the California Commercial ZNE Action Plan

The construction market has changed since the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) "Commercial New Construction Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Action Plan" was last updated in 2011. So the CPUC spent the last year engaging public stakeholder groups in order to develop the next plan for commercial new construction. The ZNE action plan is designed to … Continue reading Updating the California Commercial ZNE Action Plan

New research on radiant technology confirms effectiveness in cutting energy use

A recent study released by UC Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment (CBE) looks at characteristics of buildings with radiant heating and cooling, and assesses their real-world energy use compared to standard industry benchmarks for energy performance. The study examined 23 North American buildings with radiant distribution systems for both heating and cooling the predominant … Continue reading New research on radiant technology confirms effectiveness in cutting energy use

7th annual Architecture at Zero design competition opens

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIA CC) announced the seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs. The design competition is open for entries from students and professionals worldwide now through January 30, 2018. This year, PG&E is partnering with San … Continue reading 7th annual Architecture at Zero design competition opens

Palo Alto brings its first feed-in tariff solar project online

The City of Palo Alto has a goal of acquiring 4% of its total energy consumption from locally produced solar by 2020. To encourage more solar power generation, the city created Palo Alto CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now), a feed-in tariff (FIT) program. Komuna Energy, a Palo Alto-based company, is the first photovoltaic (PV) … Continue reading Palo Alto brings its first feed-in tariff solar project online

Getting to Zero National Forum launches ZE Resource Hub

Early adopters of zero net energy buildings have a new online resource hub where they will find information about ZNE policies, technical guidance, educational resources, case studies, and in-depth references on ZNE schools. The Zero Energy Resource Hub includes documents focused on: Policy Resources including leading examples of policies, programs, and energy/stretch codes of states and … Continue reading Getting to Zero National Forum launches ZE Resource Hub

New research looks into cost, performance and indoor air quality in ZNE homes

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) launched two research efforts over the summer to help the state meet its zero net energy (ZNE) residential building goals. One project will provide detailed cost and performance modeling of ZNE homes including assessments of how demand response and energy storage can help cost effectiveness. The second project will … Continue reading New research looks into cost, performance and indoor air quality in ZNE homes

Don’t miss the last two ZNE workshops in December

On behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission, New Buildings Institute and partners will host two ZNE workshops this December including ZNE for Existing Buildings and ZNE for Local Governments. The workshops will stimulate collaboration, highlight leading buildings and policies, and foster knowledge sharing regarding ZNE practice and policy. Both workshops offer AIA continuing education … Continue reading Don’t miss the last two ZNE workshops in December