Jim Young

About the Author: A seasoned industry leader, Young combines deep understanding of both lighting and controls.  Currently VP of Sales and Marketing for WattStopper, Young formerly served in a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands®, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the company's specialty lighting group.  He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in planning and energy management. 

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Jim Young
The U.S. Army Garrison West Point derives less than 0.02% of its energy from renewable sources, with most from on-site energy production sources. The installation has an ambitious plan to move to 100% energy efficiency through several initiatives including more renewable energy production and...
Posted on January 07, 2014 by Jim Young
World Expo 2017, planned for Astana, Kazakhstan, calls for an expo village that rates triple net zero—zero net use of energy and water and zero net generation of landfill waste. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) of Chicago won the international design competition for the village....
Posted on January 02, 2014 by Jim Young
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) new maintenance facility, which is targeting net zero, has received LEED Platinum certification. The new 361,700 sf east campus operations center on a 50-acre site includes offices, equipment repair shops, maintenance and warehouse buildings,...
Posted on December 27, 2013 by Jim Young
Grand Cancun designed by Richard’s Architecture + Design will be the world’s first net-zero energy luxury eco-tourism resort. Using a marine platform concept instead of an artificial island, the development will create more space with less impact in the fragile marine ecosystem. The mega building...
Posted on December 16, 2013 by Jim Young
Lee Elementary School, scheduled to open in fall 2014, will be net-zero-ready, and if the school board decides to sell district bonds and allow the purchase of additional solar panels, will be a true net-zero facility. The Irving, Texas building would be the state’s second net-zero public school....
Posted on December 09, 2013 by Jim Young
The Finger Lakes village of Skaneateles, N.Y., renovated its vacant firehouse into Skaneateles Village Hall, the first municipal net-zero energy building in the state of New York. The building features a 54-kilowatt solar power system on the roof. Vertical inverter water source heat pumps provide...
Posted on December 02, 2013 by Jim Young
For the U.S. Army, creating secure sources of energy is an important driver for its net-zero goals. Critical military missions are at a high risk of failure in the event of an electric grid failure, according to a Defense Science Board report. “Energy security, surety, and reliability, as well as...
Posted on November 25, 2013 by Jim Young
Starting in 2014, California is implementing building code revisions to its Title 24 standards. These revised building codes will move California’s residential and commercial buildings toward net zero energy. Under Title 24, all new residential construction must be net zero by 2020, with all new...
Posted on November 19, 2013 by Jim Young
A net-zero energy senior housing facility opened recently at Beckstoffer's Mill in the historic neighborhood of Church Hill in Richmond, Va. A big driver to achieve net-zero was to offer affordable housing with reduced energy costs for low-income seniors. The seven-unit building, designed by...
Posted on November 11, 2013 by Jim Young
The installation of 49 large rooftop solar panels at the 49ers new stadium outside San Francisco will help the arena achieve net-zero energy use, according to NRG, the company that installed the panels. The devices will supply power to the entire stadium during games and allow it to be independent...