BayREN provides free engineering technical assistance to help local governments save energy and money while reducing their carbon footprints. The Municipal ZNE/ZNC Assistance program helps municipalities retrofit or construct buildings to meet zero net energy (ZNE) or zero net carbon (ZNC) goals by providing engineering analysis and recommendations for projects. We can review individual buildings or larger portfolios of buildings and provide recommendations for broader policies as well.




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Pathway to ZNE/ZNC

Achieving carbon neutrality and ZNE/ZNC government buildings involves the following project strategies:

Governments can achieve carbon reduction goals, cost savings, and energy savings by implementing these strategies. 

Projects planned or underway are eligible for free engineering support including system design and full project cost estimates to accomplish deep energy reductions and offsetting of electricity and gas usage.

Based on your needs, BayREN will customize a scope of work to support your design, engineering and/or contractors to identify additional opportunities for zero net energy strategies and approaches for municipal projects. Please inquire about the availability of stipends for City staff and/or design team for exploring ZNE building strategies.


Technical Assistance Information and Resources

This section provides additional resources related to municipal technical assistance.

BayREN Support for Local, Regional, and State Climate and Energy Goals

BayREN supports the efforts of local residents, businesses, and governments to help buildings achieve zero net carbon emissions. BayREN seeks to advance this goal consistent with Bay Area local government policies, including building codes and ordinances, climate action and municipal plans, and economic development initiatives. BayREN also supports and recognizes the benefits of similar goals including Zero Net Energy, Zero Net Electricity, Zero Energy Cost Buildings, Zero Energy Districts and other aligned activities.