A four-year $3.8M effort funded by the California Energy Commission will convert the William Penn Hotel (a historic, mixed-use building with low-income housing) into a showcase of innovative Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building design. This project is located in San Francisco, CA and the building area of this site is 41,836 sq. ft. with 94 Single-Room Occupancy units (SROs). The site includes a theater, offices and housing for ninety-one, low-income residents — including many formerly homeless and at-risk adults. The project is seeking innovative solutions and products to address a high-density urban housing environment in a high performance building. Project partners include Chinatown Community Development Center, RMW Architects, Integral Group, National Renewables and Energy Laboratory, and the San Francisco 2030 District.

Project Partners


Maximizing Energy Efficiency in an Existing Low-Income Mixed Use Residential and Commercial Building- 2016 California Energy Commission EPIC Symposium


“Driving Sustainability at Scale” Panel at Innovation and Impact Symposium. Moderated by project team member and  RMW/SF2030 representative Stan Lew

Project Award Announcement

Press release with details about InnovateNetZero

Read about our "Call for Innovators" update on our blog post!

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