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

What's Ann Up To?

A’19 | The Emerging Pathway to Resilient, Zero Carbon Design

Heading for glitzy Las Vegas next week to speak at the AIA Conference on Architecture. Joining me on our panel are Bruce King and John Sarter, respectively sharing their expertise on low-carbon and carbon-sequestering building materials, and community energy systems. Panama Bartholomy also will be contributing, albeit in absentia — I’ll be presenting his slides on building decarbonization in addition to my own on residential efficiency and electrification.

Outbound to La Bell’Italia!

I’m flying out today to the toe of the Italian boot — Scilla, Calabria — to speak at SBE19, Policies for a Sustainable Built Environment. My talk, titled “Rebuilding a Community for Sustainability and Resilience,” is about lessons learned through my involvement in greening initiatives following California’s 2017 North Bay fires.

New article: World watches as California goes for net zero buildings (AVE quoted)


Unfortunately, access to the article requires a trial subscription with credit card info; alternatively, NGO/academic rates for those not in big companies.

April 19 **Free** Class | Integrated Design Thinking for Zero Net Energy Residential Buildings

9am-12pm, Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street, SF
Register HERE to participate in person, HERE via the web

Podcast (available now) | ZNE Views

I had a very fun interview with James Glave of 3Things.Energy last fall during the Global Climate Action Summit. Here’s a tweet from James with links to the podcast via iTunes, Google Play, or your web browser


Things are Popping!

Here’s a sampling of some of the great happenings out there in the big wide (and ever-expanding) world of energy efficiency, zero carbon, and green.

DOE Launches Home Improvement Expert

DOE’s Building America program has a new resource called Home Improvement Expert, developed to help homeowners with energy-related home improvements by using 21 individual home improvement checklists. These can be attached to vendor contracts to help ensure quality work and help vendors be more competitive. This is important because research shows energy-related home improvements are significantly non-compliant with industry best practices concerning performance and savings.

More information on the checklists is available on the DOE website.

Meritage’s CR Herro My Latest Hero

Quoted in Builder Online magazine, Herro makes several points that I frequently rant about in my classes and talks:
  1. We need to fix how valuations are done to capture the benefits of above-code energy features
  2. Getting to zero is about figuring out how to spend your budget wisely
  3. Roofs need to get simpler to reduce cost and better accommodate solar arrays
  4. Educating the value chain is key to success
  5. “It’s much better to be your own disruptor than to have disruption done to you.” Well said!!

Thanks to RMI’s Bruce Nilles and NYT writer Justin Gillis for this excellent article on why electrification makes sense — including giving up your gas stove! Kudos!

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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?”

A decade ago, 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 but zero-carbon
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

“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”