Schools

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


  • 2016 - Opportunity Announcement: Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot
    March 29, 2016
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    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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  • e-News #97: Zero Net Energy Case Studies
    October 26, 2015
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    Pacific Gas and Electric established a Zero Net Energy Pilot Program as a particular way to meet the goals of the 2008 California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This EDR eNews features highlights from six early ZNE nonresidential projects that are described in greater detail in a full length monograph written by Edward Dean ...

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  • 2015 Opportunity Announcement: Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot
    May 13, 2015
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    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 Round 1 (2015) of the Pilot

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  • May 4th Webinar Slide Deck: Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot
    May 5, 2015
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    May 4th Webinar Slide Deck for Interested Applicants. On May 4, 2015, the California Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) hosted a webinar for prospective participants in the Prop 39 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) pilot program.

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  • Case Studies: Zero Net Energy Non-Residential Buildings
    April 12, 2015
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    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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  • 2015 Phase I Screening Questionnaire: Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot
    April 11, 2015
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    Phase I Screening Questionnaire: Proposition 39 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Pilot. This questionnaire must be completed by Round 1 (2015) pilot program applicants.

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  • IOU Prop 39 ZNE Schools Pilot - Proposal
    January 29, 2015
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    This slideshow summarizes a proposal by the investor owned utilities (IOUs) that was presented to Prop 39 stakeholders for feedback during a webinar on January 30, 2015.

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  • Beyond Title 24 2013 Energy Standards - NonResidential
    December 11, 2014
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    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 17, 2014
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    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
    June 30, 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 21, 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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