The Architecture 2030 ZERO Code and California (Previously Recorded)



Previous Recording of Innovators Evening Lecture Series: Charles Eley – The Architecture 2030 ZERO Code and California

Charles Eley has long been an important voice in shaping building energy-efficiency standards in California. In this presentation, Mr. Eley will discuss the national and international ZERO Code released by Architecture 2030 in April 2018. He will also discuss how the California ZERO Code, a model building energy ordinance developed specifically for California, can be adopted by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in support of state and city climate protection goals.

The ZERO Code sets a high level of energy efficiency for commercial, institutional and mid to high-rise residential buildings and requires that the remaining annual building energy use be met by either on-site and/or off-site renewable energy. Compliance with the latest version of Title 24 Part 6 in California (or ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 outside of California) is required to assure baseline energy efficiency. The ZERO code promotes “beyond minimum” design because achieving greater efficiency reduces the amount of renewable energy required to reach ZERO. While the ZERO Code encourages on-site renewable energy, it does not require it. It recognizes a range of methods to procure off-site renewables, but factors down their contribution toward ZERO in comparison to on-site renewables, based on a number of criteria.

Mr. Eley will also discuss how, because of California-s already stringent efficiency requirements and increasingly large amount of grid-supplied renewable energy, applying the ZERO code to California offers opportunities to address issues not possible in other states.

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