Workshops help local government officials plan for zero net energy

On behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission, New Buildings Institute will be hosting no-cost workshops in California in 2017 covering zero net energy (ZNE) topics for both local government audiences and those working to retrofit existing buildings to ZNE. See information about the local government event below. For details on the existing building events visit

ZNE for Local Governments

Local governments in California are leading the nation with sustainability and energy policies driving ZNE requirements. Learn about the work of these innovative cities, connect and share information with peers, hear what it takes to achieve low-energy buildings, and gain tools to help advance your ZNE policies, programs and projects locally.

Who should attend: Local and state government staff including planning, facilities, and building staff, as well as architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, and others interested in ZNE are encouraged to attend.

About the Workshop
This four-hour workshop is designed to give local government staff the information, tools, and confidence to create and drive progress toward zero net energy goals. Case studies show how cities can be leaders within their own public building portfolios by creating a clear code and policy roadmap, and by transforming the market through public awareness. We will review how to achieve climate goals through ZNE pilot projects, deep energy retrofits starting with municipal building benchmarking and portfolio analysis, ZNE codes, financial incentives, ZNE recognition, and other tactics. In addition to sharing examples of successful plans and ZNE-ready policies, small working groups will develop their own ideas utilizing training materials. This pre-conference workshop will be held in conjunction with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum.

Agenda is available here.

A flyer with this information is also available for download here.

December 11, 2017 | 12:30-4:30 pm
San Diego, CA

Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.


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This session will be facilitated by New Buildings Institute in Partnership with the California Public Utilities Commission.