Sunday, January 13, 2013

Achieving Net-Zero Energy Buildings

Reserve the evening of Wednesday, January 23 for what promises to be a highly informative presentation by Mike Hatten about net-zero energy projects and the Energy Petal of the Living Building Challenge. Mike is internationally recognized for his expertise in energy-efficient buildings. His firm, SOLARC, has consulted on an extensive and diverse array of high performance building projects.

A net-zero building is a building with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually. Mike will describe four net-zero (or near net-zero) projects, including the certified Painter's Hall in Salem and the Bullitt Center in Seattle.

Following Mike’s lecture, there will be an opportunity for a hands-on learning experience on achieving net zero energy in the Eugene-Springfield area. Roundtable discussions will focus upon two case studies to enhance understanding of the considerations, opportunities, and challenges of reaching net-zero energy in our climate.

The event is another in a series of presentations produced by the Eugene Living Building Collaborative and the Eugene Branch/Cascadia Green Building Council, focusing on the Water Petal requirements of the Living Building Challenge

What:      Achieving Net-Zero Energy Buildings 

When:     Wednesday, January 23, 2013; 5:00--8:00 PM. Doors open at 5:00. Lecture to begin at 5:15 PM, followed by roundtable discussions. Light refreshments will be served during the workshop. 

Where:    Living Learning Center South, Performance Hall, University of Oregon. 1455 E. 15th Ave.
(across from Hayward Field; Campus map:

Cost:      Free (donations welcome). Space will be limited so please RSVP to Jenna Garmon at (541) 682.5541 or email:

The Eugene Living Building Collaborative is a part of the worldwide Ambassador Network promoting the Living Building Challenge. It provides focused opportunities to learn about and apply the Challenge to projects, and helps support active change towards a truly sustainable future.  

The Cascadia Green Building Council promotes the design, construction and operation of buildings in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live, work and learn. The Eugene Branch of Cascadia generates momentum towards a sustainable built environment by facilitating education and connections and celebrating our community. We host monthly lunchtime presentations and tours and quarterly evening events on the latest green building topics. 

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