The Getting to Zero Forum is the premier event dedicated to building decarbonization. With a growing number of climate emergencies across the United States and around the world, there is... Learn More
California is a national leader in zero net energy (ZNE) projects, and schools are spotlighting the pathway to this low energy future with visible new construction projects across the state. Still, none of the existing 1,025 public schools or 72 community colleges in California have been retrofitted to fully achieve ZNE performance. On behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission, NBI and its partner, Madison Engineering, have conducted research to examine barriers to ZNE in existing school buildings and identify opportunities that will spur successful retrofit projects.
Watch our one-hour webinar to view the findings from the ZNE School Retrofit Readiness Study. NBI investigated decision-making patterns and funding practices surrounding existing California public school and community college buildings. The research also includes a technical analysis that uncovers what types of upgrades and conditions may have the greatest impact on moving towards ZNE in the school sector.
Lead researchers, Amy Cortese and Mark Lyles, explain key market barriers and provide recommendations for California Program Administrators, school district officials, policy makers and other key market actors to consider as they strive to stimulate and enable this market to meet California’s aggressive ZNE targets.
Amy Cortese, Associate Director, New Buildings Institute
Mark Lyles, Program Manager, New Buildings Institute