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By: PATRICIA

I have been drawn into the research phase of this post because I just can’t find enough information out about the Z homes. I was heartened by all that if being done around the globe at this very moment.

This type of building is extraordinary and is by far one of the easiest ways to green up and drop energy usage to zero-net!

The subject matter keeps coming up for me to read about and explore. I just have to stop here and share with you some of the high points of discovery.

Tom was exploring these possibilities in the 70’s and got several schools to go along with the energy savings and a banking group. Then clients saw the end to that energy crisis and thought it was too expensive. Resistance.

Nils Davis made a comment on a post here and that started my investigation as he had written a 5 part series on just this subject. ( Zero Net Energy Homes )

I enjoyed seeing the stunning picture collection on post #2 and it gave me more perspective. I personally had difficulty visualizing. I did not like that Germany was so far advanced on their Zero- Net Housing projects, and had a competitive edge. Then again I am glad someone is taking the crisis seriously and Global warming is recognized for what it is right now.

Davis made a good point in one article about purchasing a new car and the cost of retrofitting for energy savings and making things carbon neutral. Excellent examples for clients.

I then heard an interview on KUOW. Org our local NPR affiliate about an Urban Designer who is building 10 Zero Town houses very close to where I live. The interview with him is about 12 minutes long and very inspiring. He also talks about his visits to two communities (one 80 units) in England which are already up and running and proving an aggressive approach using what we already understand and products that are already available is making a huge difference.

I cannot encourage you enough to drop by and listen to the interview.

Brad Liljequist talks about designing and building homes that create enough renewable energy to offset the energy they use and the carbon they emit. Brad’s project, called Z Home, and located in Issaquah, WA. is the first of its kind in the U.S.

Our regional AIA (American Institute of Architect) president is off to Grassroots in Washington DC to present our proposals to Congress and lobby for more Green Design, Codes and Incentives to get our local communities on track.

Exciting times and so much to learn…

Did you see that the solar hot water heater has successfully gone tank less?
What are you researching to help green designs become reality?
What do you think is the best alternative?

Let’s Talk…

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Tue, February 3 2009 » Inspiration

4 Responses

  1. Nils Davis February 3 2009 @ 2:28 pm

    Patricia – great post! I’m downloading the KUOW talk as I type here.

    This afternoon I’m going to a talk by Nabih Tahan of Berkeley, who has renovated an existing Berkeley home into a passive house. It should be very interesting, and I plan to put up a post tomorrow with the key points he brings up.

    BTW, I’m very interested in the tankless solar water heater – can you provide a link for that?

  2. Nils Davis February 3 2009 @ 2:30 pm

    Oops – mistyped my blog url in my comment above. Here’s the correct one: http://barrier-busting.com.

    Nils Daviss last blog post..Green Building Salon – A Few Conclusions

  3. Tom February 3 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    Nils,
    Thank you for coming by – Tom is still not home tonight so I will get a comment back to you.

    The first house Tom built was a passive solar new house – very fun place to start our family! I will look forward to reading your post tomorrow.

    It was a quick mention, the solar tank less HW heater in one of the 20 newsletters I read for Tom each week and there was no link. This is why I did not include a link. A Pennsylvania Professor has a working model and it has gone into the second level of testing results…that was about it. Tom wants me to keep casting around to find more information too.

    Thank you for your kind words

    Toms last blog post..Zero–Impact Homes

  4. Patricia February 4 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    I found it, the reference to the tankless solar Hot Water Heaters…
    http://greenbuildinginsider.com/articles/20081223

    You may have to copy and paste into your browser?

    Patricias last blog post..I Needs

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