Retrofitting for Zero Net Energy: The Zero Net Energy Center, San Leandro

An AIA San Francisco/AIA East Bay Design Tour

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Location: Zero Net Energy Center, 14600 Catalina Street, San Leandro, CA
Free for AIA San Francisco & AIA East Bay members/$10 Non-Members.
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The Zero Net Energy Center (ZNE Center) is the very first large-scale commercial building retrofit to meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Energy as “zero net energy”. It is also the new home of the IBEW Local 595 and the Northern California Chapter of NECA’s Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program. The building celebrated the completion of its first year of occupancy in September, 2014 and proved its zero net energy status.

The ZNE Center serves as a national model for training and education for the electrical profession and the real estate industry at large. When Governor Jerry Brown cut the ribbon at the grand opening he declared, “We need THOUSANDS of these buildings and that is why I signed an executive order.” The building exceeds the State of California’s 2030 energy efficiency guidelines by meeting the zero net energy goal 17 years in advance and also exceeds the energy conservation goals of the Obama administration’s Better Buildings Challenge.

The building owners along with the design and construction team look forward to personally sharing with you how they utilized new technologies, advanced building designs and innovative construction methods to achieve a dramatic and unprecedented 75% reduction in energy use when compared to similar existing commercial buildings in the country. This energy savings lowers the ZNE Center’s carbon footprint by 175 tons of CO2 per year, equal to the carbon emitted by 30 passenger vehicles annually as well as a savings of 500 barrels of oil each year.

Tour Guide

Byron Benton, Training Director, Alameda County Joint Apprenticeship Committee. Byron oversaw planning, design and construction.

The Zero Net Energy Center Design and Construction team will also be on hand including:

  • Galen Grant, AIA, Principal, FCGA Architecture
  • Michael Hummel, Principal, Environmental Building Strategies
  • Drew Radachy, Director of Science and Technology, NOVO Construction

Evening Schedule

  • 5 pm Arrival
  • 5:30 pm Tour
  • 6:15 Reception Starts
  • 7:30 Ends
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