Speaking Engagement:

CASH 2014 Annual Conference | Accelerating Zero to 39 in Less Than 90 Minutes – Net Zero Energy/Water: Solve Budget Woes and Improve Curriculum

Event Information


Mon. February 24, 2014


2:15 - 3:45 p.m.


Sacramento Convention Center

Sponsored By:

Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)
35th Annual Conference on School Facilities


Bob Chase, Division of the State Architect

Workshop Overview:

Proposition 39 will provide $380 million in funding for schools to help meet AB 32 goals to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint to 1990 levels by 2020. Net Zero thinking is now more than just an option, it’s almost a requirement in achieving the goal for a cleaner energy future. Net Zero Energy and Water approaches are currently integrated in facilities projects throughout California school districts. We also have the Clean Energy Jobs Act implementation and potential changes in CEQA to trigger greenhouse gas emissions tracking. Our presentation will include an overview of recent legal requirements, funding sources, and descriptions of Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water and Grid Neutral approaches to current district projects. In this session we will take a close look at the planning process from a resource use and life cycle cost perspective and review engineering approaches used in master planning the following projects:

  • Oakland USD’s Net Zero Fremont High School Campus.
  • Campbell USD, where they are accomplishing their goal of cutting district-wide energy consumption by 60% with a Net Zero/Grid Neutral multi-use building prototype that will be constructed at seven sites.