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Q2 2018

Industry Report

Home Energy Management: Road to Net Zero

California Title 24 sets bold goals for all residential new construction to achieve zero net energy by 2020, creating market opportunities for home energy management solutions. This report outlines home energy management opportunities, including strategies for solar industry players to expand their offerings. It provides an overview of cost effectiveness evaluations being made by builders and the tradeoffs associated with different energy-efficiency investments.


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1.0    Report Summary

1.1  Purpose of Report

1.2  Scope of Report

1.3  Key Questions Addressed

1.4  Research Approach/Sources

2.0    Home Energy: Intentions vs. Actions

3.0    Zero Net Energy: An Idea Becomes Reality

3.1  Defining Zero Net Energy (ZNE)

3.2  Achieving ZNE: Energy Efficiency and Construction

4.0    California’s ZNE Program: Goals, Policies, Lessons

4.1  California’s Aggressive Goals

4.2  2019 Title 24, Part 6 Residential Building Efficiency Standards

4.3  Title 24, Part 6: Mandatory, Prescriptive and Performance

4.4  Alignment and Action

4.5  Saving Energy Can Stress the Infrastructure

4.5.1     Storage

4.6  Behavior is Widely Variable

4.6.1     ZNE Doesn’t Solve our MELs Addiction

5.0    Beyond California

5.1  Policies, Codes, and Legislation

5.2  Consumers

5.3  Builders: Embracing and Differentiating

5.3.1     Company Profile:  Meritage Homes

5.4  Partnerships

5.4.1     Project Profile: Mandalay Homes and sonnen

5.5  Obstacles

5.5.1     Low Energy Costs

5.5.2     Incentives and Availability of Products and Support

5.5.3     Budgets and Awareness

5.5.4     Utilities and Municipalities

6.0    Trends to Watch

6.1  Electrification and Factory Built

6.2  ZNE Communities and Existing Buildings

7.0    Market Opportunities

7.1  What Resonates with Home Buyers?

7.2  After the Purchase:  Willingness to Buy and Upgrade

7.3  Smart Home Products

8.0    Implications and Recommendations

9.0    Appendix

9.1  Glossary:

9.2 Index

9.3 Image Sources

Importance of Having an Energy Efficient Home
Graphic Definition of Zero Net Energy
The Process of Achieving a Zero Net Energy Home
California’s Residential Electricity Use per Person
Impact of Building Standards on Home Energy Use
Daily Load Profile of Different Residential Customers
Load Profile of High Peak Usage with Battery Storage
Distributed Energy Familiarity, Perceived Value, and Affordability
Case Study of ZNE Multifamily Energy Use
California Energy Commission Residential Energy and Peak Load Forecasts 2013-2026
Energy Efficiency Consumer Segmentation
Average Monthly Electricity Bill
Planning and Partnerships for Advanced Energy Communities
Annual Spending Habits of Home Owners
Smart Home Device Ownership

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