SDGBC President Beth Brummitt will be speaking at the double-LEED Platinum Energy Innovation Center on March 18 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, on the subject of Zero Net Energy. According to research released by Navigant in 2012, net zero energy buildings will account for $1.3-trillion by 2035.
The USGBC's website recently featured a profile on LEED-certified, energy-neutral buildings by Jeremy Sigmon. According to the article, the New Buildings Institute reported that 15 of the highest performing buildings studied are also LEED-certified at the Gold or Platinum level. One of the buildings mentioned in the article is the DPR San Diego headquarters, which is also the location of our office.
This past week, the San Diego Green Building Council hosted a two-day conference at the San Diego Energy Innovation Center on the topic of Net Zero Energy/Water. The opening keynote of the conference was delivered by RNL's director of sustainability, Tom Hootman. Presented here is an outline of his "8 Simple Steps to Net Zero Energy," accompanied by some notes that I took during his talk.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has set a goal of net zero energy for residential buildings by 2020 and for commercial by 2030. The idea is to produce new projects with zero reliance on fossil fuel. It is not clear how this will be achieved, however it will likely require a combination of high energy efficiency and cogeneration of energy on site. One methodology to achieve high energy efficiency is the implementation of Advanced Framing...
Last November I was approached by legendary energy guru Dadla Ponizil, asking if I would be interested in helping him form a San Diego Chapter of the Passive House Alliance. Little did I know that at the second meeting of the Chapter on March 14th I would end up becoming its first President.
Passive House is a set of design principles and a quantifiable performance standard applied to any building project, producing radically less energy needs, unparalleled comfort and supreme air quality.