Zero Net Energy
The joint apprentice training center is the first existing commercial building in the U.S. that meets “Zero Net Energy” requirements by the U.S. Department of Energy. This Zero Net Energy Center as of 2013, the 46,000 s.f. building is the largest zero net building in California and the third largest in the United States. The joint apprentice training center is an educational facility for 2,000 electrical workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical workers (IBEW) local 595 and the Northern California Chapter of the Electrical Contractors (NECA). – the zero net design reduces the lighting consumption to 50% less than a similar building of the same age and the space conditioning will be 80% more efficient. – power consumption will be 29% less than new commercial buildings, 75% less than similar existing buildings. California enacted policies for zero net energy by 2030, IBEW/NECA’s joint apprentice training center met the challenge in 2013.