SIZE: 8,000,000 SF
TYPE: Municipal portfolio
Strategic Energy Master Planning
Zero Net Energy
County of San Diego (Client)
Note: This project was completed by Brummitt Energy Associates, which as of November 16, 2019 is now stok. Learn more.
Strategy & Services: Our team developed a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Portfolio Plan for the wide range of facilities owned and managed by the County of San Diego. The County’s buildings, located from the coast to the desert, encompass more than 8 million square feet and multiple occupancy types, including office, library, public safety, dining, lab, and healthcare buildings. The high-level, long-term Energy Master Plan identifies the technical potential and prioritizes the strategies needed to progressively meet California’s aggressive ZNE goals for new and existing commercial buildings by 2030.
Project Details: Collaborating with the County of San Diego’s Department of General Services’ Energy and Sustainability Program, our energy engineers worked to:
• Review and benchmark facility energy data and other pertinent information
• Estimate the potential to reduce energy consumption
• Outline the size, locations, and general feasibility of renewable generating systems necessary to offset current and projected energy consumption
• Meet with stakeholders to develop and outline tools and programs to support this effort
• Identify interactions between strategies, recommend priorities, and craft an Action Plan
We’re honored to have worked with the only local government in California that has put together a plan like this, paving the way for ZNE portfolios across the state.
Outcome: The ZNE Portfolio Plan, which is the first of its kind developed by a local government in California, lays out an Action Plan through which the County can cost-effectively cut its energy footprint in half by 2030. All new facilities and most major renovations are being designed to achieve ZNE. Existing facilities will become more efficient, supported by onsite renewable energy where possible, and facilities will be proactively managed to an informed energy baseline.
As identified in the Public Summary document, the Action Plan includes six key strategies. Each strategy includes a schedule for short-, mid-, and long-term activities; these are gathered into annualized action plans for 2018, 2019, and onward, which the County is actively implementing.
For its commitment to leading-edge ZNE development, the County of San Diego is the proud recipient of the San Diego Green Building Council’s 2018 Sustainable Leadership award. We’re honored to have worked with the only local government in California that has put together a plan like this, paving the way for ZNE portfolios across the state.