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Three new Zero Net Energy Technology Application Guides, developed for California but widely transferable, provide information on readily available leading-edge technologies found in today’s ZNE buildings. They describe the technology, its features and benefits, and illustrate energy performance from both modeled and measured results. There are project application examples, overviews on costs and trends and a list of related resources. These featured technologies were selected through a group of architect and engineering advisors experienced in ultra-low and zero energy design. The three guides are:

The California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) is working with NBI to offer workshops about zero net energy (ZNE). On November 3, a workshop was held for local government representatives then on November 4 for schools. Participants learned about ZNE leadership and market trends in California. They also received customized tools and knowledge necessary to implement policies, programs or projects with ZNE performance goals. Materials and presentations are now available. Read materials for Local Governments and Schools.

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Northwest cities get help from NEEA to address worst performing buildings

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Existing buildings with aging equipment and infrastructure represent a tremendous opportunity for energy savings. But, without a mechanism to identify inefficient buildings and prioritize budgets for upgrades, it's difficult to know where to start. Under a pilot program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and NBI are using measured energy use data to track consumption of existing building stock and tag the worst performers. Read more »


Now available, A Framework for Energy Savings in Unitary Rooftop Equipment. Learn more

February 1-3 join NBI and NASEO in Washington DC to discuss the future of ZNE buildings. Learn more