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Perspectives on the Cost of ZNE Retrofits

The path to Zero Net Energy (ZNE) school retrofits can be a daunting one. Some issues may seem overwhelming. Teams looking to implement ZNE often ask questions like where do I start? How do you pay for it? Learn from two “early adopter” school districts as they highlight their respective approaches to ZNE and describe the cost analysis that support their decisions.

San Francisco Unified has completed their first year on the path to ZNE and in this webinar, address lessons learned on eight retrofit projects with a focus on how they estimate costs and savings over the long term. Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) also shares a high level ZNE analysis on their schools. A recent study by LAUSD looked at cost comparisons between new construction and existing schools sites. Using real examples undergoing energy efficiency measures and major modernizations, LAUSD shares some of recommendations to reduce existing building EUIs cost effectively. In addition, a representative from the Investor Owned Utilities discusses the incremental costs and lessons learned from the nine Prop 39 ZNE school retrofit pilot projects. They outline the importance developing project champions, iterative budgeting and cost estimates plus examples of research conducive to implement these projects.

Presenters include:
Nik Kaestner from San Francisco Unified School District
Christos Chrysiliou from Los Angeles Unified School District