What home for this small
planet would John Muir,
Clara Barton, and
John Kenneth Galbraith build?
A Zero Carbon apartment
building, of course.
What's Ann Up To?
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.
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.
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California’s spate of public safety power shutoffs (PSPSs) last year has inspired a surge of battery sales this year, as the peak fire season approaches. Scientific American reports, “the share of [Sunrun’s] solar customers who are also installing energy storage was more than 60% in the San Francisco Bay Area this spring.” Sheltering in place is a big factor, with entire families reliant on home-based, electricity-powered tools for work, education, and recreation seven days a week.
Last month I helped Green Change, a Marin County-based non-profit, put together a concise, consumer-friendly web resource on household batteries of all sizes, with prices from under $100 to $10,000+. Check it out! https://www.greenchange.net/actions/batteries/
A read about the benefits of batteries over generators is here.
If you have a battery, I’d love to hear about your experience with it!
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?!
“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.”