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You’re invited to first Zero Net Energy NECA-IBEW training facility opening


April 5, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

April 5, 2013 – A zero net energy (ZNE) building is one that is self-sustainable: achieved by reducing the structure’s energy demand through energy-efficient building measures while producing renewable energy onsite. And Northern California’s NECAIBEW team say they have met the challenge.

“New technologies, advanced building designs and innovative construction methods were used to achieve a dramatic and unprecedented 75% reduction in energy use when compared to similar existing commercial buildings in the country,” said Darlene R. Besst, NorCal’s director of business development/government affairs.

The soon-to-be home of IBEW Local 595 and the Northern California Chapter, NECA Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) will open May 30 in San Leandro with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony. NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) says the building will be one of only a handful of U.S. Department of Energy-designated ZNE buildings in the country, and is the first to achieve this status by retrofitting an existing commercial building (former data centre).

“Heralded as a game changer for energy conservation and renewable energy, the ZNE Centre is the realization of our collective vision for a more sustainable world where young men and women will be trained for good-paying jobs and new-economy careers,” Besst added.

The Zero Net Energy Centre will showcase the NECA-IBEW commitment to energy conservation and, say the partners, thereby helping commercial enterprises make the right choice when acquiring electrical contracting services.

A dedicated website at znecenter.org provides detailed information about why and how this high-profile project was accomplished. Meantime, you are invited to attend the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 14600 Catalina Street, San Leandro, Calif., May 30 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to darleneb@norcalneca.org .