Those who attended MBCA's November 4th program "Pathways to Zero Net Energy" heard SCE presenters Will Vicent and Ron Kliewer share their extensive knowledge and experience with California's Zero Net Energy program. These new regulations and goals pertain to new construction but also to home retrofitting to reduce energy use and save money.Will Vicent presented an explanation of the stateenergy system and the development of ZNE.You can view this in the PDF slide showavailable below.Ron Kliewer's presentation (second halfof the PDF slide show, available below) describedand illustrated many energy-savinghome retrofit projects.Will and Ron shared information and photos of experimental and real-world projects to improve energy-conscious single and multi-family residential housing. They provided technical information and practical suggestions for both professional contractors and do-it-yourself homeowners. Also present at information tables were commercial providers Environmental Assessment Services & Education of California (contractors) and Renovate America, a company that assists with home improvement financing including the HERO program. Southern California Edison and Town of Yucca Valley representatives also attended. Three of the local solar providers from our online list attended: Aero Sun Electric, SunWorks, and Solar Now.Table displays and representatives from Edison and several organizations thatprovide energy retrofit assistance were present, as well as several localsolar installers.A main "take-away" from the presentation was that even with Zero Net Energy buildings, "it takes Zero Net Energy PEOPLE to really make a difference." We must consider our daily habits of energy usage in addition to making home improvements.
You can view this PDF version of their slide show to see ZNE data and view many photos and illustrations. The first half outlines the history and political development of ZNE - California's Title 24 Residential Energy Code - and the latter half emphasizes retrofitting for energy savings.
Here is a clickable list of the additional resources that are listed on the last page of the Slide Show, with a few additional notes:
DSIRE is the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University and is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Zero Net Energy Case Study BuildingsVolume 1: http://bit.ly/2a6J6v4 Note:This is a 13+MB downloadable PDF file.Volume 2: http://bi.ly/29VOVwx Note: This is a 15+MB downloadable PDF file.
Power of Zero, Brad Liljequist. This site provides a description of this book on the publisher's site, where it can be purchased. It is also available through other online sources. It does not appear to be currently available in the San Bernardino County Library system.
Net Zero Energy Design, Tom Footman This is the Amazon listing of this book.
Zero Net Energy, New Buildings Institute This site has very comprehensive and current information on ZNE.
Twentynine Palms Historical Society and The Desert Institute of the Joshua Tree National Park Association present "Following Coyote: Myths from the Chemehuevi Creation" by Catherine Svehla, Ph.D. $5 admission. Limited seating; early arrival is advisable. Find more information on the Twentynine Palms Historical Society's Event Page.
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