The ECOreport looks at how America’s largest net zero plus building illustrates the future of energy efficient design
By Roy L Hales
The first zero net energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California this standard has penetrated the residential market and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI), in Greater Los Angeles, goes further. America’s largest net zero plus building is expected to generate an additional 185,000 KWh of electricity by the end of year one.
Continue reading America’s Largest Net Zero Plus Building
BC could have an net-zero building standards. As a member of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, it is committed. Will BC lead the way to ‘net-zero’ buildings?
Originally Published by the Pembina Institute
By Karen Tam Wu
The buildings where we live, work and play all have sizeable energy and carbon footprints. For example, your office may be pumping out the same amount of carbon pollution as eight cars and use as much electricity as running your printer all day every day for twenty years!
Continue reading Will BC lead the way to ‘net-zero’ buildings?
Originally Published on RMI Outlet
By Roy Torbert, Manager, & Mat Jungclaus, Associate
Not many people associate fast food with clean energy. But that’s exactly what one of the largest quick-service restaurants in the world is exploring. RMI recently completed a net-zero-energy study for McDonald’s, which explores how to offset the energy consumption of an entire restaurant with renewable energy.
Continue reading Efficiency and Renewables on the Menu for McDonald’s
From Solar Washington
Homeowners interested in adding solar power to their homes can find the buying process daunting. There are thousands of products on the market that can be combined in a dizzying number of ways. Each product has its own benefits and features, production capacity, and access to incentives.
Continue reading Seattle PV Solar Installation Designed to offset 96% of Home Usage
RMI’s goal to make superefficient buildings the new normal
By Victor Olgyay
The evidence is overwhelmingly clear. Climate change is affecting us all in many ways and is on a trajectory to get worse in our lifetimes. None of us asked for this. But confronted with the choice of action or acquiescence, we must choose to act. RMI has chosen to act boldly to improve building energy efficiency.
Continue reading Reaching the Building Efficiency Tipping Point (Video)
From Rocky Mountain Institute
Published on Nov 26, 2013
RMI is working with communities like Fort Collins and campuses like Arizona State to transform their energy use–making their buildings more efficient, their transportation systems cleaner, and unlocking new economic value that stays in the local community.
Continue reading How RMI is Transforming Communities (video)
The ECOreport reposts the story of a home capable of producing more energy than it uses: Honda Smart Home Strategies at UC Davis
From the UC Davis News Service
By Andy Fell & Kat Kerlin,
Honda and the University of California, Davis, today marked the opening of Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home in UC Davis West Village is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.
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By Roy L Hales
According to Dave Egles’ study, the Potential for Solar Power in British Columbia: 2007 to 2025, BC’s climate is much more amenable to solar than either Germany’s or Japan’s. The average production of a PV solar array in Kamloops, for example, is 1160 kWh/kW of PV installed. Even Vancouver (1009) has much more solar potential than Tokyo (885) or Berlin (only 848). One of our readers has provided more recent data that shows the last two figures are probably too low (see comments, below), but it is obvious BC has a great deal of untapped potential.
Continue reading Riverside Energy Systems Shows BC’s Solar Potential
By Roy L Hales
A press release about San Diego’s first Zero Net Apartments was issued two days ago. The 338kW solar installation, of panels made by Kyocera Solar Inc., will provide 100% of the electricity needed by H.G. Fenton Co.’s 114-unit Solterra EcoLuxury Apartments in San Diego’s Scripps Ranch suburb. In addition to being San Diego’s first net-zero apartments, Solterra is the first in the US to give tenants instant access to their energy consumption via smartphone, enabling them to adjust their thermostats remotely and is incorporating energy-efficient and water-saving features including Energy Star appliances (such as washers that use up to 40% less water ), drip-irrigation landscaping (that requires little to no irrigation) and garages prewired to charge electric vehicles. Continue reading San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Apartment Complex Completed
By Roy L Hales
On April 19, San Diego Gas & Electric issued a news release about was alleged to be San Diego’s first Zero Net Energy Home. That prompted me to spend Saturday finding out what some of the local solar installers thought. This morning we heard from Gina Jacobs, of SDG&E, who clarified their position. Continue reading SDG&E explains the Zero Net Energy Home