Zero Net Energy Center underway in San Leandro, Calif.

The Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro is undergoing a major renovation to turn it into a building that generates as much energy as it consumes.

The Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro is undergoing a major renovation to turn it into a building that generates as much energy as it consumes.

It's probably safe to call the Zero Net Energy Center in San Leandro a pioneer. Novo Construction is transforming the 46,000-square-foot San Leandro facility from a generic industrial structure into a sophisticated edifice making use of some of the most advanced and effective energy saving features.

The building, at 14600 Catalina St., will eventually house training services for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595, which includes electricians in Alameda, San Joaquin and Calaveras counties.

The union will use the space to train journey level electricians, apprentices and contractors in the most current sustainability practices. About 70 percent of the building will be dedicated to classroom space with office space in the rest of the building.

The union hired FCGA Architecture and Environmental Building Strategies to design the rehabilitation. NOVO started work earlier this year and expects to complete the building during the first half of 2013.

Read more and see photos of the project in the San Francisco Business Times.

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