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Local government representatives are invited to the Energy Innovation Center in San Diego on November 3 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to learn about ZNE leadership and market trends in California. Participants will leave with the customized tools and knowledge necessary to implement policies, programs or projects with ZNE performance goals. Following the event, attendees will also have the option to shuttle to the J. Craig Venter Institute for a tour. Learn more

Zero net energy schools are gaining momentum in California. Those who want to learn more will gather on November 4 for a half-day ZNE Schools Workshop hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission in conjunction with the Green California Schools Summit November 5-6. Workshop attendees can also stay on for the Summit to hear NBI Research Director Cathy Higgins co-present “Energy –Net Zero for Zero?” on November 6 at 2:45 p.m. Learn more

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Outcome-Base Compliance on the horizon for IgCC with electronic voting as last step

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Just two weeks ago code officials and government representatives from across the country gathered in Fort Lauderdale for the Final Action Hearings on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Most notably for the energy-related sections of this model energy code, the voting members adopted an Outcome-Based Compliance Path. The path is critical to achieving the kind of high efficiency design and operations that will be necessary if cities and states are to meet energy policy goals and reduce carbon emissions from buildings—which are currently responsible for 40% of emissions in the U.S.
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Spotlight

Green Technology Magazine's article discusses the evolution of ZNE buildings and prospects for schools. Read more

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