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


Back in the Swing!

girl sitting on swing

Image via Pexels


It’s been a bit more than a year since I posted, and what a year it’s been! Besides all the global madness, I moved last July from Pacifica to Petaluma, California. I love it here and feel a bit like that girl on the swing. Life is good. Notwithstanding — you know. These are exciting times, change is afoot, and I still have faith that I’ll see great things happen in my lifetime.

I have three things to share today:

  1. Team Zero’s annual residential zero energy/zero carbon inventory is ON, for the 5th time! Add new projects or provide updates about projects you’ve inventoried before, HERE. We’re especially excited to learn more about what’s powering North American zero energy homes: what’s the mix of sun, electricity from the grid, and fossil fuels? Help us find out, so we can report on this to you all in the fall!
  2. With my dear friend and co-conspirator, Peter Yost, I’ve started a monthly blog series on Green Building Advisor. (It’s behind a paywall, but there’s a free trial available, and/or you can subscribe monthly — and GBA is a great resource, in case you don’t already know that.) Pete and I call the series “Building Bedrock,” but GBA uses the more sedate title of “Best Practices.” It’s a ton of fun. Each month Pete and I take on a new theme and expound on it from our unique perspectives. You get to see where we converge and diverge. So far, we’ve posted an intro and Part 1 (“Setting Priorities”), with nine more in the works. Beam in on the third Thursday of each month for the next installment.
  3. My esteemed colleagues at Zero Energy Ready Oregon have put out a new online resource, “Cost Effective Steps to Zero.” It’s a nice overview with clear illustrations and simple steps. This is a good introduction to the topic for novice audiences, and includes lots of links to deeper dives (including several of my publications, I’m happy to add).

Happy Solstice Week, my friends!

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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”