Ann Edminster is a leading international expert on zeroenergy, efficient green homes. Founder and principal of Design AVEnues LLC, Ann consults with builders, developers, homeowners, supply chain clients, design firms, investors, utilities, public agencies, and nonprofits — from local to international organizations.

Edminster’s award-winning 2009 book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, is a comprehensive guide for designers and builders seeking to create zero energy (ZE) homes. She assists design teams in pursuing ZE performance goals, has developed curricula for design and construction of ZE homes, and is a frequent keynote speaker, presenter, and teacher at conferences, universities, nonprofits, and utilities.


B.S., Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
M.Arch., University of California, Berkeley


  • Juror, US DOE 2015 Solar Decathlon and 2016, 2015, & 2014 Housing Innovation Awards
  • Technical Advisory Committee, iiSBE World Sustainable Building conference (Barcelona, October 2014)
  • Chair, Green Building Construction Task Force for the tri-national (US, Canada, and Mexico) Commission for Environmental Cooperation, cec.org – 2010-2015
  • Woman of the Year, ACI Women in Home Performance – 2013 (the award’s inaugural year)
  • Sustainable San Mateo County, Award of Excellence, Tah.Mah.Lah, Holland-Yates Residence – 2012
  • Sustainable San Mateo County, Green Building Award, Shamrock Shack, Kremer Residence – 2011
  • Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, Green Building Press – The 2011 International Book Awards Finalist
  • Green Economy Post Honoree, “10 Women in Green Building and Design” – March 31, 2010

  • Sustainable San Mateo County, Green Building Award, Edminster-Bohner Residence – 2007
  • U.S. Green Building Council
    • Chair/co-chair, LEED for Homes Committee – 2002-2006
    • Chair, LEED for Homes Materials & Resources Sub-committee – 2002-2006
    • LEED Steering Committee member – 2002-2006
    • LEED AP+Homes, LEED AP –2000-present
    • Co-chair/member, LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group; co-chair, Wood Sub-TAG, 2000-2008


  • New Buildings Institute – stakeholder engagement project manager, State of California Zero Energy Road Map (with Itron, Inc)
  • UC Davis – ZE consultant, Faculty and Staff Housing development
  • Gas Technology Institute – ZE consultant, Stockton demonstration project
  • PG&E – ZNE Production Builder Demonstration design/ energy performance consultant
  • Private homes in San Francisco, Laguna Beach, Mill Valley, and Danville — ZE consultant
  • Stanford University California Avenue faculty housing – energy/sustainability consultant
  • County of San Mateo, CA – ZE subject matter expert, keynote speaker
  • Net Zero Energy Coalition (NZEC) – director,
    Path to Zero Inventory and case study database

  • TRC Solutions – Residential ZNE Market
    Characterization Study

  • NZEC – Net Zero North American
    Leadership Summits chair

  • NZEC – Mapping the Path to Zero:
    Market Acceleration Action Plan,

  • PG&E – ZNE Homes Exhibit,
  • Energy Training Center, Stockton

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