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Burlington Releases Net Zero Energy Roadmap (Ind. Report)
City of Burlington
Date: 2019-09-11
In Vermont, the city of Burlington (pop. 43,000 +-) and the Burlington Electric Department (BED) are reporting release of the city's Net Zero Energy Roadmap, a study of four strategic pathways for the city to become a Net Zero Energy city by 2030. The City also reported it has begun putting the report's strategies into action and has launched a slate of new programs and initiatives designed to help Burlington achieve it Net Zero Energy climate goal.

To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.

In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates. (Source: City of Burlington, PR, 9 Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability,; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Energy,  City of Burlington,  Energy Efficiency,  

U.S, Canadian Zero Energy Residence Inventory Rises (Ind Report)
TEAM ZERO,Net Zero Energy Coalition
Date: 2019-08-07
According to the recently released Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study from Richmond, California-based TEAM ZERO -- fka Net Zero Energy Coalition -- the market for residential zero energy buildings grew 59 pct across the United States and Canada in 2018,

The report findings include:

  • Larger multifamily buildings are increasingly dominating the zero energy housing stock;

  • More projects are seeking zero energy performance with integrated renewables;

  • The report shows a 7.2 pct increase in the percent of projects pursuing zero energy over zero energy-ready -- 73.8 pct and 21.7 pct in 2017, now 66.6 pct and 29 pct, respectively);

  • California leads in number of projects with 6,828 followed by New York with 3,022;

  • The Southwest is a stronghold with California, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas claiming a total of nearly 9,600 units;

  • In Canada, there was a 240 pct increase in the number of zero energy units over 2017. The study notes a city or region's dominance is often driven by a single major project;

  • Multifamily projects now represent 71 pct of the total zero energy residential stock. Although multifamily zero energy has shown steady gains over single-family since 2015;

  • In Canada, multifamily is even more dominant than in the U.S., with 90 pct of its zero energy units in multifamily projects, versus 67 pct in the U.S;

  • future trends to watch include community micro-grids, electrification, grid integration and harmonization, and zero carbon.

    TEAM ZERO is working to unify stakeholders involved in promoting different 'paths to zero' with a common agenda and collaborative efforts that accelerate market adoption of zero energy and zero carbon homes, commercial buildings, developments, communities, and retrofits across North America. The goal is to build awareness about the value of zero energy and ensure zero harm homes and buildings are accessible and affordable to home buyers, renters and businesses in all communities.

    Download the Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study 2018 Inventory of residential projects on the path to zero in the U.S. and Canada HERE. (Source: TEAM ZERO, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: TEAM ZERO, Richard Willingham, (416) 524-2380,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero Energy Coalition,  

  • Survey Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2019-05-20
    In its 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey, Johnson Controls noted more than half of global organizations planned to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months -- 2019. The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations planned to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures in 2019.

    Survey organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.

    In Johnson Control's 2008 survey, under 10 pct of respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future. Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

    The survey also notes a year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NBI Offers 2019 Zero Energy Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-05-17
    According to the New Buildings Institute's Getting to Zero Buildings Database and information collected from thousands of low-energy project, there are 580 certified, verified, and emerging zero energy (ZE) buildings and projects in the U.S. and Canada in 2019 -- a 10-fold increase since NBI started tracking buildings in 2012.

    ZE is defined as ultra-low energy projects that consume only as much power as can be generated onsite by clean, renewable resources. This definition is, however, evolving to consider multiple buildings in a campus or neighborhood that use a larger, central solar array.

    In addition to the Zero Energy Project List, NBI has released a new online tool offering information about the ZE buildings: HERE.

    Download the 2019 Getting to Zero Project List HERE. (Source: New Buildings Institute, PR, 15 May, 2019) Contact: New Buildings Institute,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Buildings Institute,  Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Johnson Controls Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2018-11-19
    According to John Controls' just released 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey. more than half of global organizations plan to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months.

    The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations plan to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures over the next 12 months.

    Today, organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.

    In Johnson Controls'2008 survey, under 10 pct od respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future.

    Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.

    The survey also notes a significant year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Canadian Cities Ink Net-Zero Green Buildings Agreement (Ind. Report)
    C40 Cities,World Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-09-07
    The mayors of Canada's largest cities --Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver -- report they have signed on to a global agreement comprising 19 cities to meet net-zero carbon standards by 2050.

    Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to: establish a roadmap to reach net zero carbon buildings; develop a suite of supporting incentives and programmes; and report annually on progress. The pledge is part of the World Green Building Councils Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States and Regions.

    Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will take extra steps as part of a commitment to owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030. These steps include evaluating current energy demand and carbon emissions from municipal buildings, and identifying opportunities for reduction; establishing a roadmap to reach net zero carbon municipal buildings. (Source: C40, HPAC, 6 Sept., 2018) Contact: C40 Cities, World Green Building Council,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  World Green Building Council,  Net Zero Energy,  C40 Cities,  

    Emirates GBC Urging Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-08-31
    In the UAE, the Emirates Green Building Council (Emirates GBC) has called upon all businesses, entities, and cities in the region to formally endorse and sign the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment.. The Commitments aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 and motivate national and regional governments to regulations or planning policy to drive construction of new buildings operating at net zero carbon from 2030, and enable all existing buildings to operate at net zero carbon by 2050.

    These targets are set to meet the Paris Agreement ambition of below 2 degrees of global warming. This month, 19 global cities, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030.

    Emirates GBC recently established the Net Zero Centre of Excellence think tank and accelerator platforms to advance energy efficient net zero carbon buildings in the UAE. (Source: Emirates Green Building Council, PR, 30 Aug., 2018) Contact: EmiratesGBC , Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Council,  

    Cornell Tech Solar Installation Design Selected for Intersolar Smarter E Award (Ind. Report)
    Cornell Tech
    Date: 2018-05-14
    EnterSolar reports its Getting to Net Zero: A Custom Designed Solar Installation for Cornell Tech has been selected as finalist for the smarter E Award for Outstanding Project. EnterSolar, the project's developer, worked with panel manufacturer Solaria to deploy 2,300 PowerXT® modules across two buildings on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. The 900kW worth of solar modules help advance Cornell Tech's quest to realize a Net Zero Energy campus by delivering high energy yield, cost competitiveness and outstanding performance.

    The Cornell Tech campus features innovative architectural designs that leverage green building strategies including high performance solar technology to maximize energy efficiency with a net zero energy aspiration.

    The smarter E AWARD is given in the two categories: Smart Renewable Energy and Outstanding Projects, in the areas of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation. (Source: Cornell Tech, Solaria, altenergymag, 7 May, 2018) Contact: E Award, Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, www.solaria, com; Cornell Tech,; EnterSolar, (888) 225-0270,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnterSolar,  EnterSolar,  

    California Ready to Mandate New Home Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2018-05-04
    In Sacramento, the The California Energy Commission (CEC) is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020. If approved as expected, the Golden state would be the nation’s first state to mandate solar energy.

    The proposed new rules would deviate slightly from another much-heralded objective -- Requiring all new homes be "net-zero" meaning they would produce enough solar power to offset all electricity and natural gas consumed over the course of a year. Among the highlights:

  • The new solar mandate would apply to all houses, condos and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building permits after Jan. 1, 2020;

  • Exceptions or alternatives will be allowed when homes are shaded by trees or buildings or when the home's roofs are too small to accommodate solar panels;

  • Solar arrays can be smaller because homes won't have to achieve true net-zero status;

  • Builders installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall would qualify for "compliance credits" allowing them to further reduce the size of the solar system;

  • Provisions will encourage more electric use or even all-electric homes to reduce natural gas consumption.

    The mandate dates back to 2007 when the California Energy Commission adopted the goal of making homebuilding so efficient the "newly constructed buildings can be net zero energy by 2020 for residences and by 2030 for commercial buildings." (Source: California Energy Commission, Orange County Register, 4 May, 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero,  Solar,  California Energy Commission,  

  • PSU Leading Global Building Energy Transformation Effort (Ind. Report)
    UN, Penn State University
    Date: 2018-03-05
    In University Park, Penn State University (PSU) reports it has been selected by the United Nations to lead an effort to develop a global energy efficiency standard framework for both new building constructions and building retrofits. Penn State will help provide research and education to support those standards through an interdisciplinary approach.

    According to the Penn State project leader Tom Ricard, the building sector is about one-third of the global economy and involves everyone from building code officers to mortgage finance bankers and electricians and carpenters to architects and engineers. Buildings account for about 40 pct of humanity's carbon footprint, he said. "We have technologies today to drive those carbon emissions to near zero and create net zero energy buildings with fairly cost-effective technologies, but there's a number of barriers to that. Those include the way buildings are built and financed; the way people involved in the building sector traditionally interact and the kind of contractual relationships they have; and the technologies are new and haven't been proven in all parts of the world," Richard added.

    The big question, according to James Freihaut, the technical director of Penn State at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia and a professor architectural engineering, is how do you get a serially fragmented industry -- where each entity is trying to maximize its own individual profit while minimizing its performance risk relative to the building -- to behave like a virtually, vertically integrated industry that can actually deliver known, measured system performance in a building?

    One is that the cost differential isn't that great anymore, Richard said, and the second is that these buildings are high-performance, not just with respect to energy, but to human performance, including health and worker satisfaction and performance. (Source: Penn State, Center Daily Times, 2 Mar., 2018) Contact: Penn State Univ., Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Tom Richard, Dir., (814) 865-3722,; Institutes of Energy and the Environment, (814) 863-0291,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Garbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Building Energy Efficiency,  

    Houston Advanced Research Center Wins LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Houston Advanced Research Center
    Date: 2018-02-14
    In the Lone Star State, the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) reports it has been awarded LEED platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), pushing the center a step closer to becoming a Net Zero Energy Building.

    The key sustainable elements that contributed to the LEED platinum rating include:

  • Water stewardship -- Rainfall runoff from the roof and parking lot of HARC is directed toward vegetated bioswales. The bioswales feature native and water smart plants and run adjacent to the preserved forest habitats. Natural and restored habitats facilitate landscape regeneration. Low-flow water fixtures in the building are calibrated to reduce potable water use.

  • Energy efficiency -- The facility features geothermal heat exchange, a high-performance building envelope and rain screen, appropriately sized mechanical and air distribution systems, and daylighting and rooftop solar photovoltaics.

  • Materials reduction -- Building design seeks to lessen the carbon footprint of the structural systems, as well as minimize layers of finished materials where possible; exposed structure and polished concrete floors are examples of strategies employed. Thirty-one pct of building materials were locally sourced and building finishes were low in volatile organic compound (VOC) content, and 88 pct of waste generated during construction was recycled.

    HARC is a nonprofit research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air and water issues. (Source: HARC, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding,Daily Telescope, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Houston Advanced Research Center, Lisa Gonzalez, Pres., CEO, (281) 364-6000,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Houston Advanced Research Center,  LEED Platinum,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  

  • Hawaii U, HECO Collaborate on "Green Tariff" Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Hawaiian Electric Companies
    Date: 2017-11-27
    In the Aloha State, the University of Hawaii and the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) are reporting a non-binding MoU to collaborate on an innovative energy initiative to help the university achieve its net-zero energy goal and bring more cost-effective, renewable energy resources online.

    Subject to Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission approval, the initiative aims to develop a "green tariff" for projects that would increase renewable energy generation, improve grid capacity for renewables and lower energy costs for the university. If approved and successful, the new green tariff would be made available to other similar institutions in the future.

    A joint university-utility working group will develop a model tariff, eligibility requirements, cost structure and other details. The working group will also evaluate sites for possible renewable energy development, concentrating first on utility-scale projects that would offset energy use at the Manoa campus. The group will also consider currently available energy storage technologies such as combined solar-photovoltaic systems with energy storage. (Source: University of Hawaii News Community, HECO, 21 Nov., 2017) Contact: HECO, Shelee Kimura, VP Bus. Dev., (808) 543-7780,,; University of Hawaii,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Hawaiian Electric Companies,  

    Net-Zero Energy R&D Building Opens in Jamaica (Ind. Report)
    University of the West Indies
    Date: 2017-10-30
    In Jamaica, University of the West Indies (UWI) is reporting the opening of the Jamaica's and the Caribbean region's first net zero energy building in Kingston, Jamica.

    The 2,300-square-foot structure is designed as a model to encourage construction of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings throughout the region. The building will host the Centre for Advanced Research in Renewable Energy (CARRE) to promote energy efficiency, solar, wind and biomass energy R&D. The building is expected to save approximately 50,000 kilowatts of energy, which translates to a reduction of 34.5 metric tpy of CO2.

    The net zero energy building project was implemented by the UWI Institute of Sustainable Development with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and technical assistance from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). (Source: University of the West Indies, Jamaica Information Service, 27 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of the West Indies, +876 927 1660,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  

    U.S. DOE Promoting Net-Zero Energy Schools (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-09-01
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it is working with k-12 school districts around the country to break down barriers to zero energy schools and to create educational facilities that can produce enough renewable energy to meet their consumption needs.

    To that end, DOE has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to develop a feasibility study on zero energy schools and provide specific energy usage targets to cost-effectively achieve zero energy and focused on strategies to balance energy consumption and energy supply. The pathways for managing energy consumption include optimal design of the building walls, roof, and windows, lighting systems, heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, controls, and service water heating. (Source: US DOE, NREL, ProudGreenBuilding, Aug. 31, 2017)Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director,; US DOE BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  NREL,  US DOE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    DOE's NREL Lauded for Energy Innovation (Ind. Report)
    NREL,Alliance to Save Energy
    Date: 2017-07-26
    On its 49th anniversary, the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is being recognized with the Alliance to Save Energy 2017 Charles H. Percy Award for Public Service.

    According to the Alliance to Save Energy, "NREL has been at the forefront of innovation, from high-performance building efficiency with research into whole building and net zero energy design, to fuel efficiency and sustainable transportation innovations."

    Additionally, last March the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) presented NREL with its Technology Advancement and Industry Impact Award for "consistently delivering on the crucial technologies that have driven the incredible expansion we've seen in each of the advanced energy industries." (Source: NREL, PR, 24 July, 2017) Contact: NREL, Dr. Martin Keller, Director, Alliance to Save Energy,; ACORE, Greg Wetstone , CEO,, (202) 777-7584,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Efficiency,  ACORE,  Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  

    BCA Singapore Converting Zero-Energy into Positive-Energy Building (Int'l. Report)
    Building and Construction Authority
    Date: 2017-07-14
    In Singapore, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) reports it is collaborating with Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBerBEST) on research to transform BCA's flagship Zero Energy Building (ZEB) into a positive energy building.

    SinBerBEST is a research entity under the National Research Foundation (NRF) CREATE Programme. It is hosted by the University of California Berkeley (UCB), with National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as main partners. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

    Since its launch in 2009, ZEB has delivered a net zero energy performance for seven continuous years, producing more energy than it consumes with a net surplus of between 7- 9 pct achieved on a yearly basis. The energy efficiency of ZEB will be enhanced to achieve a further 20 pct improvement over the current level and achieve an overall energy surplus of at least 40 pct with the upgrading of the existing solar PV system and savings from the smart technologies including: high-performance dimmable lighting fixtures and controls; demand controlled ventilation; plug loads management system; double skin building facade; wifi-based occupancy monitoring system and various and others. (Source: Singapore Building and Construction Authority , 11 July, 2017) Contact: Singapore Building and Construction Authority, Hugh Lim, CEO, +65 6534 0219,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sero Energy Building,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NZE Townhouse Complex Underway in Scottsdale (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-05-29
    In Scottsdale, Arizona Real estate investment firm Caliber and Phoenix-based Net Zero Energy (NZE) developers, MODUS Development, report they have begun construction on their second environmentally sustainable townhouse community development, the Eclipse.

    The $9.1 million, 20-unit NZE townhouse project is designed with Zero Energy Star® certification for maximum energy efficiency. The projects features virtual assistants, energy management, security, locks, cameras, smoke detectors, electrical control, and other smartphone applications. (Source: Caliber, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Caliber, Chris Loeffler, CEO,,, MUDUS,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zero Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  ,  

    Green Building Alliance, ILFA Partner on Product Hub (Ind. Report)
    International Living Future Institute
    Date: 2017-03-20
    Following on our October 5, 2015 coverage, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) reports it is partnering with Green Building Alliance (GBA) to create a Living Product Hub. The Hub will serve as an outreach tool connecting innovative buildings, communities, and projects to the ILFI network to accelerate regenerative buildings and manufacturing. The collaboration will advance ILFI and GBA missions and accelerate sustainable development across Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and beyond. ILFI will also create an advisory board for the Living Product Hub.

    LIFA runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Council and other leading-edge programs.(Source: ILFI, PR, 15 Mar., 2017) Contact: International Living Future Institute, Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, (401) 661-3679,,; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Alliance ,  Green Building,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

    Pfister Installs Solar Net Zero Energy Maryland School (Ind. Report)
    Pfister Energy
    Date: 2017-03-15
    Baltimore-based national solar energy installer Pfister Energy reports it was chosen to help create the first net zero energy school in Maryland. Wilde Lake Middle School's solar plan was designed to work with remote energy controls and other energy management solutions to offset onsite power consumption and eliminate reliance on the grid.

    The school's new solar arrays are expected to produce over 826,000 kWh in the first year and over 19 million kWh over a 25-year period.

    Pfister Energy provides turnkey renewable energy systems for commercial, industrial and institutional facilities, with an emphasis on building-integrated applications. Services include the design, procurement, installation, commissioning and maintenance of photovoltaics, solar thermal, LED lighting, natural daylighting, wind power, solar lighting, green roofing, geothermal, rainwater harvesting and fuel cell systems. (Source: Pfister Energy, PR, 13 Mar., 2017) Contact: Pfister Energy, (973) 653-9880,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pfister Energy,  Net Zero Energy,  

    Lancaster Legislates Zero Net Energy Solar Homes (Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2017-02-24
    The City of Lancaster, California (pop. 160,000) reports it has amended its 2014 ordinance requiring that all new homes be equipped with rooftop solar panels. The amended ordinance now requires that the solar panels supply electric power adequate to meet all of the homes power needs. Not every house will be able to support that much solar capacity, so the ordinance gives builders the option paying an in-lieu fee of $1.40 per square feet of constructed home, or a combination of solar panels and fee. The fee option unlocks a 50 pct discount on the generation component of the homeowners' electricity bill for 20 years.

    In effect, the City of Lancaster has legislated a "Net Zero Energy" policy for all new construction. Other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica and San Francisco, have introduced similar standards. California is slated to enforce similar measures statewide in 2020. (Source: City of Lancaster, gtm, Others, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: City of Lancaster, Buillding and Safety Dept., (661) 723-6144,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Zero Net Energy,  

    Ontario Developer Touting First Net-Zero Community (Ind. Report)
    Sifton Properties ,S2E Technologies
    Date: 2017-02-10
    Ontario-headquartered multi-family residential property developer and operator Sifton Properties report it is launching Ontario's first energy self-sufficient community in London.

    Over the next 10 years, the company's 2,000 multi-family housing units, office and retail space equipped with solar panels will generate sufficient electric power to be dubbed "Net Zero Energy." Other energy efficiency features will include sophisticated windows and HVAC systems, domestic plumbing and water conservation, LED lighting and other features. Waterloo, Ontario based S2E Technologies Inc. is Sifton's partner in the project. (Source: Sifton Properties, London Free Press, 7 Feb., 2017) Contact: Sifton Properties, (519) 434-1000,,; S2E Technologies Inc.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Net Zero Energy,  

    Net Zero Energy Buildings -- Navigant Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Navigant Research
    Date: 2017-01-06
    Net Zero Energy Buildings, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research analyzes the global market for net zero energy buildings (ZEBs) in the residential and commercial sectors. The report examines major market changes, as well as drivers and barriers, key technology and design trends, and related regulations and outreach programs.

    As local and global energy issues continue to intensify, a greater emphasis is being placed on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building energy use. Changes in technology, regulation, and education have allowed ZEBs to penetrate different markets across various building types outside of the single-family residences and one-story office buildings that were first able to achieve zero net energy (ZNE). According to the report, the technology to achieve ZNE is available for almost any building type, yet cost and education remain a challenge.

    Net Zero Energy Buildings report details are HERE (Source: Navigant, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Navigant Research,  Navigant,  Net Zero Energy,  NZE,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NREL Developing Zero-Energy District in Denver (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-06
    The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and local corporations and governments have tapped into NREL's technical resources on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to develop the Denver National Western Stockshow complex into a zero energy district.

    When completed, the 250-acre site will include nine or more buildings and will operate year-round as an education center focused on agriculture. NREL and Colorado State University are contributing expertise to the planned project with a goal of achieving net zero energy.

    Net zero energy districts achieve net zero energy by sharing data, resources and infrastructure and by taking advantage of efficiency, capturing energy that otherwise might be wasted and by relying on renewable.

    Four other upcoming net zero energy districts are slated to be launched: Advanced Energy Communities in Huntington Beach, California; Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant Redevelopment Project in St. Paul, Minnesota; Fresno Energy Performance District in Fresno, California; and Western New York Manufacturing ZNE District in Buffalo, New York. (Source: NREL, GreenBiz, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: NREL, Chuck Kutscher, Director for Buildings and Thermal Systems, (303) 492-0284,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Efficiewncy,  Net Zero Energy,  ZNE,  

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