On May 30, 2013 the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 595 and the NorCal Chapter NECA will celebrate the Grand Opening of the first Zero Net Energy Training Center in the nation. The ZNE Center will be the educational and training facility for hundreds of apprentice and journey-level electricians, training for sustainable careers in the union electrical industry.
Located in San Leandro, California, the 46,000 sq. ft. tenant improvement project will be the largest zero net energy building in California and the third largest in the U.S.
Notably, it is a zero net energy retrofit of an existing building which, for its size, is unparalleled in the nation. For California, the ZNE Center is particularly significant because it meets the state’s policy of zero net energy for commercial buildings 17 years in advance of the 2030 goal.
Its 1980′s shell presents the traditional challenges of an energy efficiency retrofit, but balanced with its exceptional access to and utilization of solar, wind, and other natural resources, the building projects energy saving achievements that include:
- 50% better lighting energy performance than the CBECS “Buildings Energy Data Book Index”
- 80+% better H&AC
- 30% better fan power usage than similar buildings
- 90% less energy used from computers
- 29% energy-use reduction compared to new commercial construction in California in 2012
- 75% energy-use reduction compared to similar existing commercial buildings in the country
- 175 tons of CO2 reduced per year