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How to create demand for zero energy: New NZEC research shows industry push is driving growth

Speakers: Carter Scott, Sean Armstrong

Presented by Build it Green and Net-Zero Energy Coalition

Wed, Jun 15, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT


The Net-Zero Energy Coalition (NZEC) recently published “To Zero and Beyond: Zero Energy Residential Buildings Study,” an inventory of residential single- and multi-family buildings on the path to zero energy (give or take) in Canada and the U.S. The goals of the study were, first, to understand the order of magnitude of the market, and then to provide a baseline for measuring growth and trends moving forward. Join Ann Edminster and Shilpa Sankaran from NZEC, along with zero energy market leaders Carter Scott of Transformations and Sean Armstrong from Redwood Energy, to learn more about the trends, why industry leaders are not waiting for home buyers to realize this $1.3 trillion market, and how their success is driving greater projected growth.

Learning Objectives:

1.       Understand basic data about the zero energy residential market in Canada and the U.S.
2.       Learn about the trends behind the data
3.       Understand how industry practitioners are designing, building, and selling zero energy homes
4.       Learn about where the market is projected to grow and how

About the speakers:

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Transformations Inc.

R. Carter Scott is President of Transformations, Inc., a net zero energy development and building company in Massachusetts. His numerous projects have been written about in the SOLAR TODAY and Fine Homebuilding magazines and have appeared on the Discovery Channel and This New House TV shows. Awards have included the Massachusetts 2009 Zero Energy Challenge competition, the 2013 Zero Net Energy Public Impact Award from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), and two 2013 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. He is currently a member of the Governor Baker’s Zero Net Energy Building Advisory Council.

sean armstrong

Redwood Energy

Sean Armstrong has 12,000+ hours of experience as a staff Project Manager with affordable housing developers, and an additional 12,000 hours as a design consultant specializing the Zero Net Energy affordable housing, with the largest portfolio of ZNE residences in the nation. Sean’s career began in 1995 as an internship at an off-grid, solar/wind/biodiesel/pedal powered house on Humboldt State University’s campus, which he Co-Directed in 1999. After earning teaching credentials in Biology, Earth Science and Literature, Sean taught middle and high school from 2003-2005 before going to work for affordable housing developers in 2005-2011, when he co-founded Redwood Energy to design deep green Zero Net Energy housing. After co-designing more than 140 solarized apartment complexes and researching the performance of more than a dozen, Sean now works on the 2016 and 2016 California Energy Code development teams as the State implements the world’s first Zero Net Energy residential code in 2020. Sean’s side projects include importing a rare breed of grass-fed pigs from New Zealand for his wife’s ranch, co-founding a downtown Eco-Hostel in Arcata, building experimental tiny houses, writing technical booklets and hosting a co-op of environmental and civil rights activists in a historic rental house.


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