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


Batteries A-Go-Go!

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

Induction Cooking Is the Bomb!

I have a kind of strange admission to make, for an eco-freak. I am eagerly awaiting the death of an appliance. Admittedly, this has Read More »

Rebuild Green Expo – February 22, Santa Rosa

Rebuild Green Expo flyer This free event is open to all, and attendees from throughout California’s fire-ravaged communities are warmly welcomed! The Expo’s goal is to provide information Read More »

New ZNE Homes Resource

Congratulations to author Ed Dean and the team at Southern California Edison for their new publication, Zero Net Energy Case Study Homes, Volume 1 — Read More »

Climate change activism is for EVERYONE

Sally Deng, Climate Change Climate Change, by Sally Deng | via New York Times “We All Must Act on Climate Change.” John Kerry’s opinion piece in the New Read More »

Electrifying News!

I’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about electrifying — that is, building an all-electric new home or eliminating natural gas and Read More »

‘Zero Progress’ in California

Luminalt solar installation - Getty Images Ha! Got you, didn’t I?! The real story is about the progress we’re making toward zero carbon. A couple of recent milestones are adoption by the Read More »

ZNE guidance for CA architects (& others!)

AIA ZNE Primer cover image The American Institute of Architects California Council recently published the Zero Net Energy Primer. I had the privilege of developing the Primer for them under a contract Read More »

Obsessed with roofs

Newburyport, MA, ZNE home -- Steven Baczek, architect A recent email thread involving a group working on a video about ZNE design prompted me to raise one of my favorite subjects. Say Read More »

A Tirade on Energy Models (or, It’s All Relative!)

Lots of people complain about energy models — specifically, how they don’t accurately predict how much energy the occupants of a home (or building) Read More »

Oregon Goes to Zero! All new residential construction to be ZNE-ready by 2023

Congratulations to our friends at the Zero Energy Project — they have just announced that today the governor of Oregon signed an executive order Read More »

Is there such a thing as TOO MUCH PV on your roof?

My view: NO. The State of California, however, has another view, revealed through planned changes to our venerable energy code, Title 24 Part 6. Read More »

Webinar 9/26: To Zero and Beyond – North American Trends in Zero Energy and the Virtuous Cycle

Join me at 1pm PDT on September 26 for this global webinar event during the WGBC’s World Green Building Week, focused on the hottest Read More »

Pruning the Gas Tree – A Great Idea!

A decade ago, zero net energy (ZNE) was barely on the radar of the building industry – even barely on the radar of many Read More »

International Finance Corporation and Architecture 2030 Collaborate on Zero Net Carbon Buildings for the developing world.

Architecture 2030 once again demonstrates international leadership with this new partnership. Architecture 2030 and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, Read More »

What technologies and strategies will help increase ZNE adoption?

I am part of a team working on a research project for the California Energy Commission (CEC). As I’m sure many of you know, Read More »

Cold Climate Zero

Kudos to Energy Futures Group in Hinesburg, VT, which is nearing completion of construction on their new small office building. It’s a conversion of Read More »

The Numbers Are in! ZE Homes Up 33% From 2015

Yesterday, the Net Zero Energy Coalition (www.netzeroenergycoalition.com) released its 2016 inventory report, To Zero and Beyond. The number of zero-energy (plus/minus) homes in the Read More »

Canada Launches New Zero Energy Label

On May 2, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association launched its Net Zero Home Labeling program for both full zero-energy and zero-energy-ready homes. Instrumental in Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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. Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

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

World SB14 Barcelona, October 28-30, 2014 World SB14 Barcelona The World SB14 Barcelona Conference has announced the opening of the call for papers; Read More »

1180 Fourth Street — Gateway to Mission Bay South, SF

1180 Fourth Street, San Francisco 1180 Fourth Street marks the corner of 4th and Channel Streets as a gateway to San Francisco’s newest neighborhood, Read More »

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 Read More »

ZNE Home Retrofitting Classes in 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. Read More »

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 Read More »