Zero Net Energy Event Content



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.


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Will Vicent presented an explanation of the state
energy system and the development of ZNE.
You can view this in the PDF slide show
available below.
Ron Kliewer's presentation (second half
of the PDF slide show, available below) described
 and illustrated many energy-saving
home 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 that
provide energy retrofit assistance were present, as well as several local
solar 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:

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)

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.

Find local electricity rates and statistics at this site.

Zero Net Energy Case Study Buildings

   Volume 1:    Note:This is a 13+MB downloadable PDF file.
   Volume 2:   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.

Zero Energy Certification, International Living Futures Institute

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