“Everything was designed looking forward to the future,”
The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute provides a
cutting-edge curriculum on these technologies, training more
than 6,000 men and women annually for careers in the electrical industry.
Along with the opportunity for community engagement for
collaborative participation in the coming energy revolution,
project organizers said net zero plus strategies incorporate
grid reliability; energy security; comprehensive energy storage solutions; advanced building controls; renewable energy
technologies; reduced environmental impacts; natural disaster
and emergency response solutions; reduced operating costs;
comprehensive energy insight and analytics; scalable solutions
for high performance and net zero energy buildings; and multiple financing options and resources.
Along with PDE Total Energy Solutions, members of
the project team include O’Bryant Electric, Western Allied
Mechanical, Environmental Building Strategies and Simon-Glover Architects. The size of the facility is 142,000 square feet
with an estimated project cost of $15.5 million.
Gary Leder, project manager at O’Bryant Electric, said
among the projected building retrofit outcomes are a 51
percent reduction in total electricity usage and an annual
reduction of 28. 9 metric tons of CO2. That includes an average
generation of 185,500 k Wh/yr more energy than is consumed
with a 46 percent reduction in lighting consumption, a 63
percent reduction in heating consumption and a 60 percent
reduction in cooling consumption. The facility will become a
resource for architects, developers, and building owners and
managers to learn about the integration of net zero technologies and strategies.
IBEW Local 11 and LA/NECA, the owners of the facility,
have launched this project, expected to take about nine months,
as part of a set of comprehensive strategies transforming the
way buildings use, produce, store, and monitor energy. IBEW
Local 11 and LA/NECA are working collaboratively with developers, municipalities, architects, manufacturers, and building
owners/mangers on the integration of net zero technologies
The training component is critical to the facility’s mission,
“This is why we exist,” Moss said “These projects truly repre-
sent the future of our industry. We’re looking to conserve resources
and save money. These projects do that, and my contractors have
to know about the technology and the background behind it.”
Moss said the building retrofit ties together a lot of technol-
ogy that’s out there but doesn’t exist in one place.
“We will continue to develop curriculum based on this,”
Moss said, adding that the microgrid technology is part of that
curriculum. “The entire building is a living laboratory and dem-
onstration center,” Moss said. “It will continue to evolve.”
The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute has about 80
instructors, and Moss said the thousands of students who go
through the facility every year recognize this is the future of the
industry. “The students energize my staff,” he added.
The grand opening of the Net Zero Plus Electric Training
Institute is scheduled for April 21 in Commerce, CA. Jim Willson, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of NECA,
said organizers will be expecting a wide spectrum of leaders
from electrical, environmental and business communities.
They’ve also been reaching out to associations and academia
as well as representatives at the grassroots level such as inspectors. “It’s a roadmap to the future,” Willson said.
The media is paying attention to the progress being made
renewable energy generation as well. Building Below Zero, a
one-hour independent PBS documentary that features Net
Zero Plus, is in production.
The show will highlight rapid changes in the building and
electrical industries and the need for more efficient and intelligent buildings that reduce environmental impacts, lower
electricity costs and provide energy security. It will feature commentary from government, business, labor and environmental
leaders. It is slated to premiere with a Southern California
broadcast in April and a subsequent national broadcast.
Moss praised the vision and leadership of the area’s contractors, chapter, local unions in embracing the project.
“Without them, none of this happens,” Moss said. “It’s
important that everyone gets on the same page, and education
is what drives that.”
An apprentice at the NZP ETI training in the design and planning of a
rooftop PV solar array.
Leaders from IBEW Local 11, LA/NECA, LA Department of Water and Power,
and PDE Total Energy Solutions among others at the groundbreaking
ceremony of the net zero retrofit of the NZP ETI in June 2015.