Achieving Zero Net Energy in Multi-Family Buildings


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Achieving Zero Net Energy in Multi-Family Buildings
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This research project will demonstrate the technical and economic potential for optimized Zero Net Energy construction, practices in new multifamily buildings. The demonstration will include four multifamily buildings in Northern California, all fully entitled and in various stages of design and development offer timely opportunities to investigate ZNE issues. These project have a goal of all electric ZNE construction with 100% renewable generation offset, and will utilize innovative new heat pump technologies to serve the building water heating and/or HVAC systems.

Contact Information
Adel Suleiman
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814



Sonoma San Luis Obispo Napa Alameda
Other Information
1715 Washington St, 100 Healdsburg Ave, 9355 Avenida Maria, 901 72nd Ave

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
15306 provides that projects which consist of basic data collection, research and resources evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to environmental resources are categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. Specifically, this project involves energy performance measurement of four existing apartment building using small equipment. Each piece of equipment is no larger than 1'x1'x1' and will be installed inside of the buildings. The equipment does not produce emissions or noise. Therefore, this project fall within section n15306 and will not have a significant effect on the environment.
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