NorCal NECA Presents Energy ETC with Project Excellence Award for Zero Net Energy Project

Union City, CA, September 11, 2014 --( The Northern California Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NorCal NECA) has recognized Energy ETC, Inc. of Union City, CA with a 2014 Project Excellence Award. The winning project is the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro, CA. Energy ETC received the award for their role as master systems integrator for the various energy systems in the building, which are graphically represented on the Energy Dashboard in the Lobby. These energy systems were integrated by Energy ETC into the energy management system platform Opendiem™, by Building Clouds™. Bob Wallace of Energy ETC said “These systems encompassed controls and data collection for lighting, HVAC, window ventilation, power monitoring, and renewable energy sources from multiple vendors.”

“I really think this building is an example of what’s possible and how we can make our existing buildings in this country more energy efficient,” said Byron Benton, Training Director of the Alameda County Electrical JATC. “We train on these energy efficient systems and incorporate them into our training center as well.”

The energy dashboard will monitor and track the building’s progress towards its zero net energy goal. Automated adjustments will occur in the background to ensure all systems are running optimally.

In addition to tracking the ZNEC’s power generation and usage, the integrated Energy Management System ensures that all connected building systems work in harmony to exceed the energy conservation goals of the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Challenge. The ZNEC is designed to use 75% less energy compared to similar existing commercial buildings in the country. Energy ETC's control system will optimize lighting and HVAC systems while taking advantage of natural lighting and automated operable windows for natural ventilation. Constant monitoring of building energy usage will be compared to the power generated by the ZNEC's wind turbines, solar tree, rooftop solar, and thermal solar systems.

The ZNEC will serve as the training facility for over 2,000 electricians in Alameda County. Classrooms will have access to the Energy ETC control system as part of their curriculum in advanced building controls for renewable and energy efficient systems.

About Energy ETC, Inc.
Energy ETC provides building automation and energy management solutions which can be seamlessly integrated into a customers existing IP infrastructure to create a fully converged network. We design and install state of the art, open, non-proprietary systems that can be easily accessed and controlled via the internet.

Established in 1993, our Engineering Team has over 100 years of building automation and energy management experience.

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About Building Clouds, LLC
Building Clouds is changing the way building systems connect, share data, and make intelligent real time decisions. We provide complete hardware and software solutions for Building Automation and Energy Management Systems that seamlessly integrate data generated from building services and industrial processes into a simple easy to use web-based interface accessible literally anywhere, anytime. The Opendiem™ Suite can be hosted on any virtual cloud-based hardware platform so it doesn’t require a proprietary connection to a controls network. Using your existing IT network infrastructure or the Internet, Opendiem allows you to monitor and control the settings and efficiency of building systems and industrial processes. Based on proven communications standards, Opendiem is fluent in most building management and industrial control system protocols. Product details can be found at

About NECA
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States.

NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information and promotional activities. It is the voice of the electrical contracting industry, working to promote higher standards, quality workmanship and training for a skilled workforce.

Ensuring fair wages and benefits, as well as a unified skill set and training, for electrical workers serves the best interests of the industry and NECA customers. NECA’s national office, chapters, and member contractors have long practiced constructive and responsible labor relations in concert with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the world’s oldest and largest union of electrical workers. Peaceful settlement of grievances and jurisdictional disputes are implemented at NECA’s national and local levels through cooperative forums.

NECA contractors strive to be true construction partners with building owners, developers, and general contractors. A NECA contractor is the best resource for any and all electrical needs, including power supply, fiber optics, telecommunications, security systems, wireless networks, and lighting. NECA contractors set industry standards for traditional electrical systems, as well as newer integrated systems. They develop engineered solutions to meet existing and emerging customer needs. They also lead the industry in the practical application of new technologies..

Energy ETC and their associated logos are trademarks of Energy ETC, Inc. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective holders.
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