A net-zero energy building (NZEB) is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building annually is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. Under California’s Building code, Title 24, all new residential construction is to be Zero Net Energy by 2020 with all new commercial buildings achieving this goal by 2030. In a sense, all California building owners are already somewhere on the path to Net Zero Energy, even if they are only at the beginning.
This series will follow inspired Sonoma County residents on their journey toward Net Zero Energy. Many of the technologies discussed can be financed by the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program (SCEIP). Contact the SCEIP office at 707-565-6470 or visit sonomacountyenergy.org for more details.