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High-performance school buildings that are designed to save energy can cost significantly less to operate than traditionally designed schools. More importantly, studies have shown that optimized school environments that include natural daylight and a connection to the outdoors can enhance students' ability to learn


  • 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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  • Opportunity Announcement: Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot
    April 14, 2015
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    Opportunity Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot

    The California Investor Owned Utilities' (IOUs') Proposition 39 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot Program (Pilot) seeks to assist public K-12 School and California Community Colleges with zero net energy (ZNE) performance goals. This document outlines the background, scope of assistance, eligibility, and selection criteria information for the Pilot

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  • Phase I Screening Questionnaire: Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot
    April 13, 2015
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    Questionnaire Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot

    Phase I Screening Questionnaire: Proposition 39 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot. This questionnaire must be completed by pilot program applicants.

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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: 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 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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  • 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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  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Urban Promise Academy Uses Energy Modeling to Exceed CHPS Requirements
    March 10, 2010
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    The new multi-purpose building at the Urban Promise Academy consists of approximately 11,000 SF of new construction including a multi-purpose gymnasium with raised platform stage, office, conference room, equipment storage, rest rooms, a lobby, and art/music classrooms. The project is located within the Oakland Unified School District.

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  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Modernization of Oakland High School Earns High Marks for Energy Efficiency and Comfort
    March 9, 2010
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    The modernization project at Oakland High School consisted of major renovations in Building E (a 5,573 SF wellness center) and Building F (a 20,400 SF historic shop building). In addition, the project included the construction of one new building, Building G (a 16,320 SF classroom building). In addition to the challenge of renovating aging buildings to provide a healthy and productive educational environment, the design team also had to meet stringent energy efficiency requirements.

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  • e-News #70: Revitalizing K-12 Schools for a Greener Future
    February 26, 2010
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    e-News #70: Revitalizing K-12 Schools for a Greener Future

    Many school districts are finding the resources to renovate their
    existing schools and build new ones while improving environmental
    conditions at the same time. Green design practices not only
    minimize operating costs, but they can protect the health of students and
    teachers. Green schools engage students in a learning environment where
    air is healthy, conditions are conducive to learning, and children can thrive.

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  • ArchSIM Case Studies: Coast Community College District Sees the Light
    February 24, 2010
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    The Coast Community College District (CCCD), located in Orange County, California, comprises three community colleges that enroll more than 60,000 students per year in over 300 degree and certificate programs. Founded in 1947, the CCCD enjoys a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States.

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  • Case Studies: Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences
    June 12, 2009
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    The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences (TCES) is a three-story, 45,000 ft2 building on Sierra Nevada College's Lake Campus that demonstrates how an ambitious project team can successfully reduce energy usage by implementing a variety of innovative mechanical designs at minimal additional first cost.

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  • Design Brief: Outdoor Lighting and Title 24
    August 5, 2008
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    The California Energy Commission (CEC) introduced new Outdoor Lighting Standards in 2005 to conserve energy and reduce electricity peak demand. The Outdoor Lighting Standards regulate lighting power, controls, and allowed lighting fixture types. Illuminated signs are also covered by the Standards.

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California Lighting Technology Center - UCD

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This concise, easy-to-follow lighting retrofit guide covers lighting and daylighting retrofit strategies that have consistently proven to provide the greatest long-term energy savings while maintaining, and often improving, lighting quality. These strategies and technologies have been tested and demonstrated on campuses throughout California. Use this guide with consultants and contractors to avoid investing in retrofit that miss opportunities for deeper energy savings and improved classroom performance.

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

ASHRAE (with AIA/IES/USGBC/DOE)

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For K-12 elementary, middle, and high school buildings, with a wide variety of heating and air-conditioning requirements. Options for daylighting, an important component in schools, are included (2011 232 pages).

Case Study: University of California – Irvine, California

Southern California Edison

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UC campus uses lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors, window films, advanced HVAC controls, and more to save over 3.4 million kWh per year.

Clovis Unified School District Energy Efficiency Projects

Pacific Gas & Electric

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This school district saves money on their energy costs with lighting upgrades, retro-commissioning, and air conditioning controls. The Savings By Design program provided incentives for the constuction of their energy center, which sports many resource-saving features.

Chino Valley Unified School District

Southern California Edison

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Primary school campus uses lighting upgrades, occupancy sensors, demand reponse programs, and more to improve light quality and lower energy bills by over 20%.

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.

PG&E School Resource Program

Pacific Gas & Electric

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The School Resource Program (SRP) is an innovative program that provides energy efficiency services to participating public school districts.

California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (CPEEP)

Pacific Gas & Electric

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The California Preschool Energy Efficiency Program (CPEEP) replaces older, energy-intensive equipment at child care centers with energy–efficient upgrades that can help reduce operating costs.

PEAK Community Energy Partnership

The Energy Coalition

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Architects of the award-winning PEAK Student Actions energy education program which currently reaches over 70,000 students in California and Sweden. Partner with school districts, teachers, and students to create educational curricula as well as implement energy blueprints that create accountable energy schools.

Alliance to Save Energy's Green Schools Program

Alliance to Save Energy

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The Alliance’s PowerSave Schools Program empowers students to make a difference in the way their schools use energy. Students are educated about energy and the importance of energy efficiency.

Bright Schools Program

California Energy Commission

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Offers services to all public or non-profit California K-12 schools to help identify the most cost-effective energy saving opportunities for your school facility.

Collaborative for High Performance Schools

The Collaborative for High Performance Schools

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The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) is leading a national movement to improve student performance and the entire educational experience by building the best possible schools.

ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districts

Department of Energy

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ENERGY STAR for K-12 School Districts partners with ENERGY STAR providing various forms of information while being commitmented to students as well as to the environment.

LivingWise

Resource Action Programs

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LivingWise is a K-12 program designed to promote energy and water efficiency by giving students simple low-cost measure kits. To date, the LivingWise Program has been implemented in more than 1,000 schools, in 26 different states.

School Energy Efficiency Program

Pacific Gas & Electric

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Program is to reduce energy costs and improve the learning environment that provides technical audits, project analysis, financial incentives, and comprehensive project implementation support to help public K-12 schools install cost-effective energy efficiency measures.

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