Design Tour: Zero Net Energy Center

Friday, August 15, 2014
Zero Net Energy Center (14600 Catalina Street, San Leandro)
Tickets: $5 for AIA Members and employees of chapter member firms / $10 for guests
All are welcome! Registration closes Thursday, August 14, 2014. Click here to register. Space is limited to 25.


A design tour will be led by Galen Grant, AIA, Principal at FCGA Architects, joined by Byron Benton, Training Director of the Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, at the Zero Net Energy Center. The Center is a privately owned, commercial retrofit and remodel–the first of its kind–that is used for career training purposes in the electrical construction industry.

More About the Zero Net Energy Center:

The Zero Net Energy Center (ZNE Center) is the very first large-scale retrofit of an existing commercial building to meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s definition of a “zero net energy” building, a building that produces as much energy as it consumes. The new home of the Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Program of IBEW Local 595 and the Northern California Chapter of NECA, the ZNE Center celebrated its grand opening with great fanfare on May 30, 2013. Governor Jerry Brown cut the ribbon and gave an inspiring keynote address. In his remarks, the Governor proclaimed, “We need THOUSANDS of these buildings and that’s why I signed an executive order requiring buildings in California to meet energy efficiency guidelines by 2030.”

Heralded as a “game changer” for energy conservation and renewable energy the ZNE Center actually exceeds the State’s 2030 guidelines a whopping 17 years in advance. Additionally, the ZNE Center exceeds Federal energy conservation goals as outlined in the Obama administration’s “Better Buildings Challenge.”

IBEW-NECA chose a typical 1980’s energy hog to tackle. They assembled an inter-disciplinary team of experts early and created a collaborative dynamic that far exceeded the typical design and construction process. Utilizing new technologies and innovative building design and construction methods, the ZNE Center team achieved a dramatic and unprecedented 75% reduction in energy use when compared to similar existing commercial buildings in the country. Please join us and hear directly from the ZNE Center team and see this remarkable building for yourself!

Find even more information about the ZNE Center here.

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  1. Be able to state two ways to evaluate green technology for continuous monitoring of energy use.
  2. Be able to state three ways existing commercial spaces can be rehabilitated for deep energy reductions.
  3. Be able to identify three issues to consider regarding solar PV and wind mills in a seismically active region.
  4. Explain three design aspects that contributed to a significantly reduced CO2 output.

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