Low Carbon Design with Budget in Mind - A virtual live CEU Home Tour, May 16, 11 am - 12 pm

  • 16 May 2020
  • Start time : 11:00 AM
  • End time : 12:00 PM
  • Event Host : GreenHome Institute
Low Carbon Design
Event Description

Join GreenHome Institute live for a mid-construction virtual home tour where you will meet the architect and home builder to review this project! 

 This custom-built home is walkable to and just over a mile from downtown Evanston and is being built the high-performance third party standards of the DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home program, Energy Star for Homes, and notably, the EPA's Indoor Air Plus certification which provides for a healthier indoor environment with fewer contaminants and a better quality of life for the family that lives here. The high end aesthetic is coupled with high-end performance with an advanced water protection system under the home, 7" of recycled cellulose insulation in the walls, and solar panels on the roof to power a large percentage of the home's electric use.  

We will discuss why owners did not go all-electric as the architect typically uses in his design due to cost barriers and we will review a novel behind the walls system that slows thermal bridging. 

Lessons Learned

  • Know more about healthier home design and construction using the Indoor Air Plus program 
  • Articulate the financial challenges to all-electric home design 
  • Understand the basics of new ideas to stop thermal bridging and energy waste the walls 
  • Review the benefits of DOE Zero Energy Ready program which benefits the welfare of the nation   

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • GreenHome Institute
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, LEED BD+C

      Mr. Kipnis is the immediate past national co-chair of the AIA’s 2030 Commitment Working Group and serves as a current member of the AIA’s national Sustainability Leadership Group. Recognized as Chicago’s premier award-winning sustainable architectural practice, Kipnis Architecture + Planning (KAP) was founded in 1993 and is based in Evanston, Illinois, and Boulder, CO. has practiced the architectural design philosophy of 'High Design/Low Carbon™' long before it was in vogue. They are guided by the idea that architectural design excellence need not be sacrificed for principles of sustainability.

      Scott Sanders, Bright Leaf Homes, President

      "As a home building executive with an interest in sustainable practices in both business and my personal life, I have found that my strength is in facilitating getting things done by bridging the gap between the ideal plans and the shifting reality of rapidly changing situations, projects, and businesses climates."
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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