Chapter 12

Zero Net Energy At A Community Scale

UC Davis West Village

Stephen M. Wheeler and Robert B. Segar, University of California, Davis

1 Introduction

If societies are to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent or more by mid-century, zero net energy (ZNE) and positive energy developments will be required strategies for success. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has in fact called for all new residential construction in the state to be ZNE by 2020 [1]. Building of this sort generally combines extreme energy efficiency with active generation of renewable energy (see chapters by Rajkovich et al and LaRue et al). Undertaking such development at a neighborhood scale is particularly desirable in order to bring a large ...

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