Susan Stocker will give a presentation about sustainable refugee housing and infrastructure. Stephen Leapold has built a net zero house here in Eugene and will present information and photos about the house.
Reversing Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. The problem and the consequences of global warming will not disappear just because our leader does not believe there is a problem. The States still have a lot of power to regulate pollutants. http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/we-can-attack-global-warming-without-donald-trump/
By accelerating the use of harmful fossil fuels Trump may be accelerating climate change and reaching irreversible tipping points. http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/06/earths-climate-reached-exceeded-tipping-point-cares.html
Some of the things that we do have control over is our architecture. “Buildings are the major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG).”
“Slowing the growth rate of GHG emissions and then reversing it is the key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.”
“To accomplish this, Architecture 2030 issued The 2030 Challenge asking the global architecture and building community to adopt the following targets:
- All new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be designed to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 70% below the regional (or country) average/median for that building type.
- At a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area shall be renovated annually to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 70% of the regional (or country) average/median for that building type.
- The fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings and major renovations shall be increased to:
- 80% in 2020
- 90% in 2025
- Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate).
“These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy.” http://architecture2030.org/2030_challenges/2030-challenge/
“A zero-energy building, also known as a zero net energy (ZNE) building, net-zero energy building (NZEB), or net zero building, is a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site, or in other definitions by renewable energy sources elsewhere. These buildings consequently contribute less overall greenhouse gas to the atmosphere than similar non-ZNE buildings. They do at times consume non-renewable energy and produce greenhouse gases, but at other times reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas production elsewhere by the same amount.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-energy_building
“An energy-plus house (also called: Plus-Energy House, Efficiency-Plus House) produces more energy from renewable energy sources, over the course of a year, than it imports from external sources. This is achieved using a combination of microgeneration technology and low-energy building techniques, such as: passive solar building design, insulation and careful site selection and placement. A reduction of modern conveniencescan also contribute to energy savings, however many energy-plus houses are almost indistinguishable from a traditional home, preferring instead to use highly energy-efficient appliances, fixtures, etc., throughout the house.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy-plus-house