NECA and IBEW Launch Net Zero Plus Initiative To
Transform Southern California
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NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
Walk into the Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute and expect the Los Angeles-area facility to come alive. That’s by design
because, as leaders in the electrical contracting industry have described it, it serves as a paradigm-shifting, living laboratory and
It’s no secret that California has taken the lead when it
comes to the country’s evolution toward a more sustainable
future through renewable energy generation, battery storage,
and emerging energy-efficiency technologies. What’s also
being noticed? A variety of forward-thinking organizations—
including the National Electrical Contractors Association—are
playing a central role.
At the center of this change is the International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers Local 11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of
the National Electrical Contractors Association’s Net Zero Plus
initiative, which is transforming existing and new buildings
into high-performance and net zero buildings, meaning they
can produce more energy that they use.
One of those buildings is the Net Zero Plus (NZP) Electrical Training Institute (ETI) in greater Los Angeles—a facility
that provides industry-leading training to more than 6,000
apprentice and journeymen electricians every year. The facility is being retrofitted to become a net zero building, and, when
completed, it will become the largest net zero commercial retrofit in Southern California and the second largest in North
America. The facility will feature advanced and emerging clean
energy and efficiency technologies. It will earn the International Living Futures Institute’s net zero certification and will
be a verified net zero building by the New Buildings Institute.
Brett Moss, the facility’s training director, pointed to a
unique and exciting relationship between labor and management, which allows this program to be a leader in the region
and the country.
“We have leadership that has vision,” Moss said. “They under-
stand you can’t be playing catch-up. You have to be out front.”
The facility’s key technological and architectural compo-
nents include a utility scale microgrid; a utility scale battery
energy storage system; a 500 k W rooftop and parking shade
structure PV solar array; 144,000 square feet of LED lighting;
2,700 square feet of DC lighting; interactive dashboards with
real time building performance data; electrochromic glass; high
efficiency heating and cooling systems; advanced lighting and
mechanical control systems; electric vehicle charging stations;
smart-grid and smart-meter labs; an advanced weather moni-
toring station; and a High Solar Reflective Index (SRI) roof.
Dan Cohee of PDE Total Energy Solutions, the construction
manager for the project and design-build electrical contractor
for the microgrid, said the facility has the ability to provide
critical loads of power during a power outage and serve as a
community disaster recovery center for up to 72 hours. Edu-
cational dashboards will await guests at the entrance of the
facility. Technology such as the microgrid will be present in
other areas of the building.