What is Net Zero Plus?
The electrical industry is currently undergoing a revolution brought about by new and improved energy-efficiency practices, the integration of renewable energy on to the electrical grid, new andemerging clean technologies, and changing governmental and regulatory requirements. These rapid changes require collaborative leadership from labor and management to prepare its workforce with state-of-the-art training for new and exciting careers in the industry.
Net Zero Plus, pioneered by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association at their Net Zero Plus ElectricalTraining Institute(NZP ETI), will revolutionize the way buildings use, produce, store, and sell energy. Net Zero Plus unites energy-efficiency practices, new and emerging clean-energy technologies, improved grid resiliency, and career development at a national center of excellence in energytechnology and training.
What makes the NZP ETI a Net Zero Plus building?
The NZP ETI is a Net Zero Plus building because it utilizes energy-efficient design aspects and technologies and generates more energy than it uses on an annual basis. With an annual energy demand of nearly 750,000 kWh/year, the NZP ETI will produce more energy than the building requires. It will also be designed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Standard, receiving all 19 points in the Energy and Atmosphere category, and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge Net Zero Energy Build Award, a third-party certification for Net Zero buildings.
What technology is featured at the NZP ETI to reach Net Zero Plus?
The NZP ETI will be a national showcase for small commercial to utility scale energy technologies of the future. This facility will include:
- Improved grid reliability
- Total energy storage solutions
- Energy independence and security
- Advanced total building controls
- Renewable energy technologies
- Reduced environmental impacts
- Natural disaster and emergency response solutions
- Reduced electricity costs
- Comprehensive energy insight and analytics