Education Session Number 3

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
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Zero for Less:  The New Imperatives for Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, and Climate Change

Sam Rashkin, Architect, Author

About this program:

Zero carbon homes aren’t just for people who want to save the planet. They’re for people who want to save their wallets while also enjoying a better living experience.  Adoption of zero carbon construction is increasing nationwide, and better informed consumers are demanding it all:  energy efficiency, indoor air quality, reduced construction costs, reduced operating costs, and yes, climate stewardship. The housing industry nationwide faces significant disruption as it scrambles to meet these demands.

In this session, you’ll gain insight into practical strategies necessary to create a quality housing product that uses less energy, has better indoor air quality, is comfortable, requires fewer repairs, and has a cost savings and added value associated with an improved user experience that adds up to more than $100,000 for a typical home. This zero for lower cost strategy must be embraced by all private and public housing professionals. It’s what I call Housing 2.0. Consider saving the planet a nice dividend.

Learning Objectives:

  • What recent developments reveal zero carbon as the future with certainty for housing

  • Why user experience is a new housing imperative

  • What are the basic building blocks of a zero carbon home

  • How a zero carbon home delivers a superior user experience

  • What are the cost savings and added value associated with the better user experience
    provided by a zero carbon home

  • How all housing professionals can get on the path to zero carbon today

About the Presenter:

Sam is the author of the book titled “Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It’s Broken, and How to Fix It” that presents a comprehensive strategy for transforming the new homebuyer consumer experience. Sam brings the lessons from this book to housing executives across the country with workshops and collaborative meetings that help them accelerate innovation. Apart from this work, Sam has earned a national reputation for his work leading housing programs that have partnered with thousands of home builders and resulted in over one million certified high-performance homes. Mr. Rashkin was recently recognized for his contributions to sustainable housing with the 2012 Hanley Award.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; and is a registered architect in California and New York. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC’s LEED for Homes, NAHB’s Green Builder Guidelines, and EPA’s Water Sense label, and on the development team for EPA’s Indoor airPLUS label. Sam has also prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports, and seminars; and contributed to other books on energy efficient and green construction.

Program Level:

All levels

Content Area(s):

Energy Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Climate Change, Design and Construction.