What home for this small
would John Muir,
Clara Barton, and
John Kenneth Galbraith build?
A Zero Energy apartment
of course.

“Ann Edminster is a true pioneer in the green homes field: based on her own hands-on experience, she spots trends and opportunities years ahead of others and is there waiting when the ‘leaders’ arrive.”

– Rob Watson, CEO
EcoTech International
and “Father of LEED”


Webinar 9/26: To Zero and Beyond – North American Trends in Zero Energy and the Virtuous Cycle

Join me at 1pm PDT on September 26 for this global webinar event during the WGBC’s World Green Building Week, focused on the hottest growing trend in residential building: Zero Energy (ZE).

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/613477295955265027

Get the latest insights on the exciting growth in ZE residential development in the US and Canada. The Net Zero Energy Coalition will present highlights from its recently published 2016 Residential ZE Report, along with findings on the drivers behind that growth and keys to ZE builders’ successes. We will also hear lessons learned from California’s pioneering efforts in ZE code and policy development, along with other insider perspectives on where zero energy is headed.


Gene Myers is owner and CEO of Thrive Home (formerly New Town Builders), Denver’s leader in building green, energy efficient production homes and recent winner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award. THRIVE is Denver’s largest builder of for-sale affordable housing.

Mindy Craig, Principal and Owner of Blue Point Planning, was the lead author on California’s New Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan for the CPUC and Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan for the CEC. She is currently working on developing the New Commercial Buildings ZNE Action Plan and is leading the implementation of the ZNE Residential Plan.

And yours truly — Ann Edminster, M.Arch., principal of Design Avenues and NZEC Board director. Read more about me at http://annedminster.com/bio/.

Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/613477295955265027. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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I took the plunge into green building in the early 90s and felt completely at home in that pool from the first dive! Here was the convergence of my architecture background, my lifelong passion to protect the natural world, and my insatiable drive for order, efficiency, and the elimination of waste of all kinds.

After completing each major project, I’ve asked myself, “What’s next? What needs a big push now to help steer the building industry along a more sustainable course?”

In recent years, I saw zero energy building design as the most powerful vector for reducing building sector carbon emissions. The field is rapidly evolving, I’m seeing notable progress in
acceptance and implementation, and new
opportunities are continually emerging.

We now know what it takes to build
zero-energy homes, but zero-energy
communities pose new and
fascinating challenges
– both political
and technical. Government agencies and
nonprofits across North America are working
on creative solutions, and I get to play!
What could be better?!
Green Building