Posted in news on September 30, 2015 4:22 pm EDT

California Mixed-Use Development Tracks Progress Toward Zero Net Energy Goal

UC Davis West Village, the nation's largest planned zero net energy community, continues to work toward its goal of producing 100% of the energy it uses.

Images courtesy of UC Davis West Village.


 

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By Church Designer Staff

A report released today by UC Davis in Davis, Calif., and the West Village Community Partnership LLC notes that the community is 82% of the way toward reaching zero net energy, or ZNE. The analysis covers the time period between September 2013 and August 2014.

"I think we’re on track to get to 100% in the long-term. Along the way, we’ve learned some valuable lessons that we hope can inform other developments in California and across the country."

—Sid England, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Davis Office, Davis, CA

“The neighborhood is close to where we want it to be, but we still are not at the finish line,” says Sid England, assistant vice chancellor of the UC Davis Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. “I think we’re on track to get to 100% in the long-term. Along the way, we’ve learned some valuable lessons that we hope can inform other developments in California and across the country.”

ZNE & Real Life

Zero net energy is achieved when the community generates 100% of the energy it uses over the course of a full year. Neighborhoods and buildings are increasingly being designed and promoted as zero net energy, but whether they meet that goal can only be verified with real residents and businesses in place.

West Village houses nearly 2,000 residents, mostly UC Davis students, as well as several UC Davis energy and transportation research centers and the Honda Smart Home. It serves as a living laboratory that explores how zero net energy design works in practice.  continued >>

 

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