Zero Net Energy: From Ideas to RealitySponsored by SDG&E Energy Innovation Center
California has set goals to require new residential construction Zero Net Energy (ZNE) by 2020 and all new and 50% of existing commercial buildings ZNE by 2030. While the state drives progress toward these goals through its building codes, local jurisdictions and private developers also play a vital role in moving the market toward ZNE buildings. What was once a differentiator will sooner than later become standard. There are just two Title 24 code cycles left before we hit California’s bold energy efficiency goal for all new residential construction to be zero net energy by 2020. It is uncertain how this goal will be met, what stakeholders will be most impacted, and how zero net energy for all new construction will look. In what part of the development process will zero net energy be determined? What are the metrics associated with validating a zero energy home, or complex, or community? Where, and by whom, will the training come from to educate relevant parties of the residential homebuilding process on residential zero net energy construction? And most importantly, who’s going to pay for this?
This session will discuss the definition of Zero Net Energy, and the regulatory framework in CA for achieving these goals, discuss commercial and residential strategies for success, and case studies that exemplify ZNE performance. This session is targeted towards the design, engineering, and construction industry professionals.