Berkeley Efficient & Resilient Mixed-Use Showcase (BERMUS)


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Berkeley Efficient & Resilient Mixed-Use Showcase (BERMUS)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose of this Agreement is to fund the design of the Berkeley Efficient and Resilient Mixed-Use Showcase (BERMUS), a 6-story (plus functional roof green space), 50 housing units permanently affordable for low income households, all-electric, zero net energy (ZNE) building capable of: (a) achieving ZNE status with a Solar Microgrid and renewable energy generation exclusively from rooftop solar panels (b) incorporating a comprehensive Solar Microgrid for extended grid outage resilience, including indefinite resilience for the most critical loads, (c) delivering electricity to the grid during peak consumption hours between 4pm and 9pm, and (d) creating pathways to community ownership through below market rate condominiums and limited equity housing cooperative (LEHC) units. The BERMUS development will use a combination of low-carbon intensity design strategies including multiple high efficiency mechanical systems and will incorporate materials and techniques detailed in the Carbon Storing Building Prototype developed by StopWaste, Arup, and The California Straw Building Association. The BERMUS project site at 3120-3130 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley CA is owned by the Recipient and will be developed using a project-specific limited liability company (LLC) controlled by the Recipient as is typical for affordable housing developments.

Contact Information

Molly O'Hagan
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets
Woolsey St and Shattuck Ave

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The grant agreement will fund feasibility, design, and planning studies for an all electric, mixed-use development, which has not been approved, adopted, or funded by the CEC, and which will not result in the adoption of a plan that will have a legally binding effect on later activities. This falls within title 14, Cal. Code Regs. tit. 14, § 15262, Feasibility and Planning Studies: The CEC has considered environmental factors.


Notice of Exemption

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