Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Integral Group, and the San Francisco 2030 District showcased its Zero Net Energy Retrofits for Small Commercial Offices (ZNE) project goals and results to date at the 2018 Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Symposium in Sacramento on February 7. The event, hosted annually by the California Energy Commission (CEC), assembled EPIC-funded project teams for a day of poster sessions and panel discussions on pressing issues facing the state’s energy market.
Presenting during the design stage was unusual for EPIC, but beneficial for the ZNE project, which features design choices based on energy modeling produced by the LBNL developed tool CBES (commercial building energy saver). The team connected with several stakeholders and project teams whose work and results offered suggestions to improve the strategic direction to the upcoming implementation and monitoring and evaluation phases. Synergistic opportunities between CBES, energy services companies, (ESCOs) utility incentive program implementers and software developers were highlighted, as panel discussions emphasized the need for better data in real time.
The ZNE Retrofits for Small Commercial Offices project expects to begin FLEXLAB testing in February 2018, and to finalize renovation plans for its pilot site in Berkeley, CA by the fall.