Zero Net Energy Center wins StopWaste Energy Efficiency Award
Congratulations to the Zero Net Energy Center (ZNEC) for receiving the 2014 Energy Efficiency Excellence in Commercial Construction and Operations Award from StopWaste!
ZNEC, located on Catalina Street in San Leandro, is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595 and the Northern California National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Completed in 2013 as a retrofit of an outdated commercial building, the 46,000-square-foot facility is the largest building in California that generates enough renewable energy on-site to meet its own electricity demand. ZNEC has reduced energy use by 75% compared to a similar sized commercial building, through technology, advanced designs and innovative construction methods. As a result, the facility prevents 175 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. The building’s renewable energy systems and state-of-the-art efficiency features serve as hands-on models for the Center’s electrical industry training programs. ZNEC also serves as a scale-able model for other IBEW-NECA training centers across the country.
StopWaste is an integrated Agency formed by the Waste Management Authority and the Source Reduction and Recycling Board, dedicated to achieving the most environmentally sound solid waste management and resource conservation program for the people of Alameda County. Within this context, the Agency is committed to achieving a 75% diversion goal and promoting sustainable consumption and disposal patterns. The StopWaste Business Efficiency Awards honor Alameda County businesses and institutions whose leadership and continuous efforts to improve environmental performance and business efficiency have achieved outstanding results. Since the inception of the awards program in 2000, over 100 Alameda County businesses and institutions have been recognized.