In Los Angeles, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association have begun retrofitting their Electrical Training Institute to make it a net-zero-energy building.
The $13 million project was initially announced in August 2014. Construction will be completed in Spring 2016 with an opening scheduled for April 21, 2016 to coincide with Earth Day.
Upon completion, the newly retrofitted 142,000-sq-foot Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute will generate more energy on an annual basis than it uses. The building will demonstrate the future of smart energy efficiency, microgrid system integration, energy storage solutions, building resiliency in the wake of a natural disaster or grid interruptions, and advanced lighting controls and automated building management systems.
From an existing annual energy consumption of about 1 MW, the retrofitted building will use zero energy from the electric grid because it will utilize renewable energy and a battery storage system. Overall, energy use will be reduced by 250,000 kWh per year. It will reduce lighting usage by 46 percent and heating and cooling by about 60 percent.