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Next week, the Calif. Department of General Services, in partnership with the Calif. Public Utilities Commission and the New Buildings Institute, is co-hosting the first-ever Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Early Adopters Leadership Network to share lessons learned, identify opportunities and barriers, and support achievement of ZNE goals.  Simply put, a zero net energy building produces as much energy as it uses annually.

Governor Brown has directed that all new state buildings and major renovations beginning design after 2025 be constructed as Zero Net Energy facilities with an interim target for 50 percent of new facilities beginning design after 2020 to be Zero Net Energy. State agencies shall also take measures toward achieving Zero Net Energy for 50 percent of the square footage of existing state-owned building area by 2025.

The initial ZNE Early Adopters meeting will be held at the DGS offices in West Sacramento on July 16th, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. followed by an opportunity to network with participants. All interested state agencies are encouraged to attend. The Early Adopters Leadership Network is open to any public agency and their building design consultants.

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Written by California Department of General Services

The Department of General Services (DGS) serves as business manager for the state of California. General Services helps to better serve the public by providing a variety of services to state agencies through procurement and acquisition solutions, real estate management and design, environmentally friendly transportation, professional printing, design and web services, and funding for the creation and construction of safe schools. The DGS vision: Excellence in the Business of Government!

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