Buildings contribute significantly to the effects of climate change. In the U.S., direct energy use in buildings accounts for 39 percent of carbon dioxide emissions per year—more than any other sector. Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings are a practical and cost-effective way to reduce our energy needs, employ clean solar and wind technologies, and protect the environment. In The Design Professional’s Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings, Charles Eley interviews industry experts and draws from over 40 years of his own experience to lay out the principles for achieving ZNE buildings and the issues surrounding their development. Eley asserts that our construction industry is up to the challenge, and that we already have the necessary technologies and knowledge. In this panel discussion, Eley will talk with a panel of local experts including moderator Janet Stephenson, the Director of Strategic Development at MIG, Inc., an environmental and social science-based design company. Mark Frankel, the Technical Director for the New Buildings Institute will also participate in this discussion around energy-efficient and sustainable design.
Presented by: Town Hall and Elliott Bay Book Company, as part of the Civics series.
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and the True-Brown Foundation.
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