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Using energy-efficient design and technologies in new office buildings can cut energy costs significantly. But strategies for connecting a facility with its exterior environment have the potential to also enhance the interior environment, resulting in much more valuable employee productivity increases.


  • Case Studies: Zero Net Energy Non-Residential Buildings
    April 16, 2015
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    Case Studies: ZNE Non-Residential Buildings

    Six non-residential buildings were designed and built to perform at zero net energy (ZNE) consumption over the course of a year. Extensively monitored under the Pacific Gas & Electric Company's ZNE Pilot Program, each has proven to meet or exceed that level of performance for at least one year of post-construction occupancy.

    These case studies show that building industry leaders who target this new level of building performance can meet this challenge, reinforcing California's reputation for being the incubator and early adopter of transformative ideas with practical feasibility.

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  • Beyond Title 24 2013 Energy Standards - NonResidential
    December 12, 2014
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    Beyond Title 24 2013 - NonResidential

    The Savings By Design Program (SBD) provides design assistance and substantial financial incentives to owners and design teams that apply energy efficiency, green building and sustainability best practices to realize high performance nonresidential projects.

    Incentives of up to $150,000 are available to owners, plus up to $50,000 more for design teams that engage SBD assistance at the earliest stages of the design process.

    New construction, additions, and major rennovation projects all qualify...

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  • e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances
    September 18, 2014
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    e-News #94: Lighting Performance Advances

    New Sources & Controls... Through the past 20 years, new lighting technologies have been a major driver of increasing energy efficiency in buildings. Lighting specifiers and consumers have embraced CFLs, LEDs, and other highly efficient lighting options. How can even more efficiency savings be mined from the lighting end use?

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Fenestration
    July 22, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Small Commercial HVAC Changeouts
    July 22, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Interior Lighting Alterations
    July 16, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential HVAC Controls
    July 7, 2014
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Lighting Mandatory Controls
    July 1, 2014
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Fact Sheet: Nonresidential Daylighting and Daylighting Controls
    July 1, 2014
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    Fact Sheets:  Download this fact sheet to read a summary of key requirements, definitions and resources that are useful to implement Title 24, Part 6 energy code.

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  • Trigger Sheet: Nonresidential Lighting Control for Additions and Alterations
    November 22, 2013
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    Trigger Sheets: This handy trigger sheet summarizes sections of Title 24, Part 6 energy code that are triggered based on project scope.  The sections indicated on these trigger sheets can help identify energy code requirements for your project.

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  • e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting
    December 16, 2012
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    e-News #88: Outdoor Lighting

    We need light outdoors at night for safety, security, productivity, and enjoyment. Guidelines and technologies available today can help meet these lighting needs while providing good quality lighting that minimizes light pollution, conserves energy, and enhances community ambience, including the effect on wildlife and our view of the starry night sky.

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  • Office of the Future
    October 15, 2012
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    The Office of the Future

    The 'Office of the Future' video presents case studies of two exemplary pilot projects in existing buildings that are yielding measured energy savings of over 50% and 66% respectively.

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  • Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidebook, Volume I
    July 9, 2012
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    Design Guidelines: HVAC Simulation Guidelines

    The HVAC Simulation Guidebook Volume I (2nd Edition) has been updated to cite new research and reflect recent changes in the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24 2008). It contains three chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to simulate the following advanced HVAC technologies:

    • Underfloor Air Distribution
    • Energy Efficient Chillers
    • Advanced Control Sequences
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  • e-News #76: Vertical Transportation
    October 21, 2010
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    e-News #76: Vertical Transportation

    Elevators in modern buildings are faster and more comfortable than their counterparts decades ago. But even when you are standing inside an innovative looking elevator cab, it is hard to identify the green features in the elevator and recognize their energy savings. This issue of e-News details major sustainable features in elevators and escalators and some design considerations.

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  • e-News #62: How Low Can You Go?
    January 30, 2009
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    e-News #62: How Low Can You Go?

    We simply must do everything in our power to slow down global warming before it's too late," said Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September 2006, when he signed Assembly Bill 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. This landmark legislation, also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop regulations and market mechanisms that will reduce California's greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

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Advanced Energy Design Guide - Offices: 50% over 90.1-2004

ASHRAE (with AIA/IES/USGBC/DOE)

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For small to medium offices up to 100,000 ft2, including a wide range of types, such as administrative, professional, government, bank or other financial services, and medical offices without medical diagnostic equipment (2011 234 pages).

Case Study: Bank of America Finds Opportunity in Energy Efficiency

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Bank of America employs HVAC upgrades and retro-commissioning to cash in on big energy savings - over $335,000 annually.

Case Study: Brookfield Office Properties — Long Beach, California

Southern California Edison

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This "Office of the Future" demonstrates the benefits of introducing advanced energy-efficient design and highly controllable lighting equipment into office spaces.

Case Study: The Irvine Company — Irvine, California

Southern California Edison

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Commercial real estate company deploys a wide array of energy-saving technologies across its properties.

California Department of Public Health, Building P

Pacific Gas & Electric

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The California Department of Public Health has worked closely with PG&E to increase the ENERGYSTAR rating of Building P at their Richmond Campus. Through utilizing many programs and employee efforts, the decrease in energy usage has produced large cost savings.

Glenborough Identifies Load Reduction Opportunities

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Glenborough has decreased the energy used by the buildings it manages by updating lighting, replacing inefficient compressors and installing new energy management systems

Laser Devices - Monterey

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Laser Devices in Monterey replaced their T12 lighting with efficient T8 and T5's, installed occupancy sensors, LED exit signs and window film, with receiving many rebates. With these energy efficiency changes, Laser Devices' have lowered their energy costs and increased visibility.

Menlo Business Park

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Menlo Business Park requested a PG&E Energy Audit and took advantage of the many benefits, including On-Bill Financing, utilizing different technologies and controls to improve their business. These effors have decreased their energy use and enhanced  their relationships with current and prospective tenants.

Hybrid Ground Source Heat Pump Installations

Energy Center of Wisconsin

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This study examined the environmental and economic performance of three hybrid ground source heat pump installations.

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