Free Webinar March 10 on ZNE for Existing Communities

Two of the lead investigators for the Davis FREE project will discuss an innovative approach to Zero Net Energy for existing communities in a free March 10 webinar.  Join us live online Tuesday March 10, 2015 at 9 AM PT – 10 AM MT – 11 AM CT – 12 Noon ET To hear Gerald Braun, Founder, Integrated Resources Network & Rob Hammon, Ph.D. , BIRAenergy

Topics covered by Gerry include

Davis, California is a pioneer in two energy sector initiatives of interest to municipalities. First, it is the home of the first community owned shared solar project in the US. The history, current status, and future expansion plans for the project will be outlined, along with enabling legislation and regulatory decisions. Second, Davis is home to UC Davis West Village, the largest planned zero net energy community in the United States. The project’s success motivated the City of Davis to explore strategies for achieving a net zero goal for the city itself. This effort inspired the DavisFREE project, a renewable integration research effort to define the individual elements of a plan to achieve the city’s goal. One element is a preliminary guide developed by BIRAenergy a zero net energy, mass-market approach to residential retrofit. Another element, integrated energy analysis, was covered in a previous Municipal Sustainability Forum webinar. Gerry will highlight:

  • Experience with accelerated adoption of on-site solar electricity
  • How zero net energy experience is informing design of new residential neighborhoods
  • Legislation and regulatory decisions related to expansion of community solar gardens
  • Provisions of Davis’s recently enacted renewable energy ordinance

Topics Covered by Rob include:

With support from the CA PIER Program BIRAenergy has developed a preliminary guide for developing a Zero Net Energy, mass-market approach to Residential Retrofit called the Neighborhood Approach. A volume approach to the residential retrofit market is necessary to achieve the market penetration required to meet the goals for: the City of Davis, Zero Net Carbon, and California AB32. The Neighborhood Approach was pioneered by Rob Hammon of BIRAenergy in Sacramento with funding from the DOE Building America Program, and performance-based incentives from the local utility, SMUD. While the Pilot duration was very short (2 years for 1 neighborhood, and less than 18 months for five additional), the absorption rate for the Neighborhood Approach was about 8 times that of their standard one-house-at-a-time program, not counting any “2nd-round takers. We will discuss the basics of this approach, the guide, and Zero-Net Energy retrofits. Key elements that will be discussed include:

  • Definitions: What is Zero Net-Energy?
  • A stepped approach to the residential Retrofit Market, with Good, Better, Best packages that provide energy-use reductions ranging from moderate, cost-effective efficiency improvements (“Good”), to full, zero net-annual energy (ZNE) retrofits (“Best”);
  • Integration of renewable, rooftop PV energy systems into the core program design and marketing activities;
  • Address mass-market deployment strategies to program messaging and market approaches proven elsewhere;
  • Define the steps to implement this volume approach to the residential retrofit market. xperience with accelerated adoption of on-site solar electricity
  • How zero net energy experience is informing design of new residential neighborhoods

About the presenters:

Gerry Braun, Founder, Integrated Resources Network

Gerry is a founder and member of the Integrated Resources Network, a growing community of pragmatic innovators working for a smart and clean energy future. He is also a founding and active member of the Solar Circle and recently completed a two year term as Chairman of the Gas Technology Institute’s Public Interest Advisory Committee. Gerry’s knowledge of energy markets, electricity systems and clean energy supply industries is rooted in his work over the years with leading firms and agencies such as Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Bechtel, Southern California Edison Company, BP Solar, Standard Solar, the US Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission and the UC Davis Energy Institute. He organized and directed major US and California renewable energy R&D programs and held senior executive, marketing and business development roles in global and local solar companies.

Rob HammonPh.D  BIRAenergy

Dr. Rob Hammon has over 35 years’ experience performing RD&D to improve energy-efficiency and optimally integrate efficiency and renewable-energy sources in residential buildings and communities. The goal of this extended effort has been to provide increasingly practical and affordable construction measures, practices and techniques to move the residential markets – both new and retrofit – to zero annual net grid-energy use and eliminate peaking of energy demands. Dr. Hammon has served on several government and industry advisory boards. Clients include federal, state and local governments, utilities, manufacturers, builders, developers, architects, universities and national laboratories. In 2007, Dr. Hammon was selected by the California Public Utilities Commission to Chair the Residential Subcommittee in the development of California’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, and introduced the group to develop and adopt the “Big Bold Goal” of making zero net energy homes a practical reality in California by 2020. Hammon earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. from the University of California and UC Davis. He has authored many research papers and reports, journal articles, and has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career. He also holds several U.S. patents.


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