New study looks at barriers to ZNE for existing schools

Bishop O’Dowd High School | Oakland, CA, Credit: David Wake

Schools are a leading market for zero net energy (ZNE) that is spotlighting the pathway to a low-energy future with visible new construction projects across California. Still, none of the existing 1,025 public schools or 72 community colleges in the state have been retrofitted to fully achieve ZNE performance. A recently published research report, “California K-12 and Community College Zero Net Energy Retrofit Readiness Study,” examines the barriers to ZNE in existing school buildings and identifies opportunities that will spur successful retrofit projects.

Researchers at New Buildings Institute investigated decision-making patterns and funding practices surrounding existing California public school and community college buildings, and conducted a technical analysis that uncovers what types of upgrades and conditions may have the greatest impact on moving toward ZNE in California schools.

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