While buildings may seem environmentally benign compared to other sources of carbon emissions like transportation or manufacturing, in the U.S. they account for 39% of CO2 emissions—more than any other source. To successfully combat climate change, our efforts will have to focus in large part on improving the built environment. The good news: this huge carbon footprint can be reduced through zero net energy buildings that harness innovative design to produce as much energy as they use. These buildings bring together renewable energy sources, energy efficient systems, and smart architectural and engineering choices to minimize energy use while incorporating creative ways to generate clean power. When properly combined, these factors result in buildings that not only use zero net energy, but are attractive, welcoming, and cost effective to construct and maintain.
Join Island Press author Charles Eley to discuss his book Design Professional’s Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings. Through case studies and explanations of theory, Mr. Eley provides a roadmap for policy makers, design professionals, and developers to design zero net energy buildings that will shape the future of our built environment.
Charles Eley, architect, engineer, and author of Design Professional’s Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings
As a lunchtime event, you are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy during the Roundtable.