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

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