Ann V Edminster, M.Arch., LEED AP, is a recognized national expert on green home design and construction. She is a principal author of the LEED for Homes Rating System and consults with builders, homeowners, developers, supply chain clients, design firms, utilities, investors, and public agencies. She also sits on the advisory boards of several private companies. Ann’s Bio.

CONSULTING Green building expert support for projects, professional firms, product manufacturers & distributors. Workshop/charrette facilitation, capacity-building, LEED Green Rater services, program development, advising.

TEACHING Classes for utilities, public agencies, and education providers. Corporate in-house training. University and K-12 guest lectures/slide shows.

SPEAKING Educational presentations to associations and private companies, keynotes, conference plenary addresses, panel discussions.

WRITING Books, white papers, research, analysis, green product R&D and marketing plans, articles, op-ed, reviews.

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I am passionate about
understanding buildings
and the ways they can
lighten the load we place
on the earth.
We can dramatically reduce the costs, both financial and environmental, of powering our homes and our lives. I want to inspire and empower you to design and build energy-free homes, create regenerative products, and craft sustainable businesses. Together we will fashion solutions with profound personal and social benefits, so that future generations can enjoy a rich and sustainable quality of life.
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Stamp Out Greenwash — Support Greenwash Action!

Longtime Bay Area green building pioneer and activist Jason Grant has started a new project, Greenwash Action. GA is dedicated to pulling the covers on greenwashing shenanigans, particularly those bankrolled by deep-pockets trade groups like the American Chemistry Council. ACC and others have been waging a war against LEED and the USGBC because of the […]

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Creating Change With ‘Just the Right Pressure’

I just read a great post on Green Builder by Matt Power, titled “Just the Right Pressure.” Here is an excerpt that particularly resonated for me: “For years, we’ve tried to help the makers of green products get their message out to consumers. But as we’ve all learned, simply blasting them with information rarely has […]

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AIBD California Society 2014 Annual Conference Focuses on Building Science

AIBD California Society 2014 Annual Conference, April 2nd – 4th Enough for today about past events — this one is still on the horizon. Next week, in fact! In San Bruno, about 2 miles from where I sit as the crow flies, Skyline College’s Solar and Building Science department will be hosting the California Society […]

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PH2: PHenomenal Passive House CA’s “Building Carbon Zero California”

  Campers, this has been an extremely busy week or so for Northern California greenies, and it’s got me on a “squared” jag (see last post on BW2) … Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating in Passive House California’s “Building Carbon Zero California” at the delightful Cocoanut Grove Ballroom in rockin’ Santa Cruz. This […]

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BW2: Brilliant Weekend @ BuildWell 2014

120 green building leaders and innovators in the built environment gathered last weekend at BuildWell 2014 in Sausalito, CA. Kudos to Ecological Building Network‘s Bruce King, co-producer Sarah King, and their dedicated band of volunteers for producing a brilliant event. The speaker line-up included keynotes from Architecture 2030‘s Ed Mazria, science wiz John Warner from […]

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World SB14 Barcelona Conference, Oct. 28-30, 2014

The World SB[Sustainable Building]14 Barcelona Conference has announced the opening of the call for papers; SB Challenge 2014; and the Universities Competition, “Powering Transformation.” Please visit http://www.wsb14barcelona.org/ for full details. HouseTalk’s Ann Edminster will be serving on the conference’s Scientific Committee.

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1180 Fourth Street — Gateway to Mission Bay South, SF

1180 Fourth Street marks the corner of 4th and Channel Streets as a gateway to San Francisco’s newest neighborhood, Mission Bay South. This setting carries civic obligations unusual for an affordable housing project; it demands a welcoming, well-made and richly articulated building to set the standard for development to follow on the surrounding blocks. As […]

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Air Sealing Doesn’t Just Happen

One of the biggest challenges in a high-performance building project is getting the air sealing right … and it doesn’t JUST HAPPEN. It has to be carefully designed and detailed in the construction documents. A number of architecture firms are doing a very good job at this, one outstanding example being Coldham & Hartman Architects […]

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ZNE Home Retrofitting Classes in San Diego

San Diego Gas & Electric will be hosting our 4-part class series on retrofitting existing homes to achieve deep energy reductions while targeting zero net energy. Here’s the schedule: May 9: Overview – yours truly (Ann Edminster) May 23: Mechanical Systems – Rick Chitwood May 30: Enclosure – Rick Chitwood + Gavin Healy June 6: […]

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Habitat X 2013 Summer National Conference

Come Join us at Habitat X Tuesday, July 30, through Friday, August 2, 2013 Just for HouseTalk readers, Super Early Bird registration has been extended until April 22nd. Trainer-par-excellence Chris Dorsi writes: The most common comment I hear from people who have attended the Habitat X Conferences is that the solid network of colleagues is the most […]

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Ann V Edminster brings skill, experience,
and depth to her work as an environmental
design consultant, teacher, speaker, and writer.
Ann applies her unique knowledge of sustainable residential construction and her wide network of industry contacts to serve the needs of builders, developers, homeowners, design firms, and public agencies.
  • Designed more than 100 healthy, beautiful home remodels
  • Presented at over 100 international conferences and training forums, including Net-Zero Energy workshops for Greenbuild, PG&E, and Southern California Edison
  • As co-chair, provided leadership that resulted in the LEED for Homes Rating System
  • Serves as founding chair and advisory member of over 25 boards and committees
  • Recipient of 8 industry awards, certifications, and honors
  • Authored ENERGY FREE: Homes for Small Planet, co-authored Efficient Wood Use in Residential Construction, and has published numerous sustainable design papers and articles.