Zero Net Energy School Retrofit Workshop

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Free, space is limited.
Click here to register.
A tour of the West Berkeley Library follows this workshop.


Join a ZNE School Retrofit Workshop to find out how K-12 schools and community colleges can enhance spaces for academic success. Zero net energy (ZNE) K-12 schools and community colleges support better quality of education for students by providing access to natural ventilation that brings in fresh air and daylighting. This no-cost workshop teaches how existing schools can achieve ZNE through whole-building retrofits.

ZNE schools are high performance buildings that combine energy efficiency and renewable resources to produce at least as much energy as they consume annually. With energy bills at California’s schools totaling more than $700 million a year*, innovative energy solutions for schools like ZNE buildings are being proposed as a way to save energy and put money back into classrooms.

To support local schools, the state’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) are funding pilot projects and training workshops across California through a Prop 39 Zero Net Energy Schools Pilot Program. Full-day technical sessions will focus on best practices in design and operations. Half-day school community workshops will cover design approaches, planning and financing.

School administrators, operations managers, business officers, construction managers, community stakeholders, building designers, operations staff and others interested in ZNE are invited to attend. Space is limited, so please register and reserve your spot today at

* Statistic from the CEC Consumer Energy Center.


Learning Objective 1: Describe the concept of ZNE buildings and California’s goals for achieving ZNE by 2030 as well as explain emerging trends identified in research on ZNE.
Learning Objective 2: Help a school achieve ZNE building performance targets through whole building retrofits and modernization including pre-design, design construction and operation.
Learning Objective 3: Identify and avoid common pitfalls that lead to the failure of ZNE projects.
Learning Objective 4: Employ proven strategies for achieving the level of energy performance required to reach the goal of ZNE in schools derived from successful ZNE Early Adopter examples in California and nationally.

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