Thousand Home Challenge: Deep Energy Retrofit on a Tight Budget

A Small Firm Forum program

Thursday, September 5, 2013
Free AIA members; $3 non-members (bring your own lunch–drinks provided!)
1.5 CES Lus

New residential construction shall achieve zero net energy by 2020. Join Jan Stensland, Inside Matters, who will share a case study, her own home, to reduce energy use by 70% to 90% in a single family residence on a budget. Achieving deep energy reductions could be the most important milestone in the revolution happening in residential energy conservation.

How do you reduce energy consumption by 75% and have fun doing it? Start with a really leaky old house that has almost no insulation and needs a new skin: siding, roofing, doors and windows. Cross your fingers that the moisture intrusions showing up in the plaster don’t mean mold is lurking. Hope that you can salvage and repurpose the beautiful redwood siding on the house despite the lead paint on one side. Dream about a house that’s nearly fireproof (Wild Urban Interface Zone), low maintenance (we’d rather do other things), has healthy materials (it’s what I do), and will be here after the Big One (we’re on the Hayward fault). We got a start years ago by adding solar hydronic panels and a closed loop radiator heating system, which now makes our HVAC options “interesting”. We’re happy to tell you all we’ve learned about building science and the joy it can bring you. All this on a low budget with big design ideas? Let’s hope so. We’ve done crazier things and told our parents about it. Really.

About the presenter:

With 25+ years experience in design and green building, Jan Stensland has been a leader in the realm of indoor air quality, healthy building materials and sustainable policy implementation for over a decade. Through her company, Inside Matters, Jan provides indoor environmental quality and sustainable design consulting, education, and research to corporations, government agencies, manufacturers, health care institutions, and universities. Her work has been described as “Mother Earth Meets Ms. Science” since she brings a lively, practical, common sense approach based on sound scientific research to her passion for healthy buildings and materials.

Learning objectives:

1. After attending this session participants will be able to enumerate various options for deep energy reductions in an existing home in a seismically sensitive area.
2. After attending this session participants will be able to describe energy efficiency decision-making options within tight budget constraints.
3. After attending this session participants will be able to articulate the advantages of using various healthy energy efficient building materials and how to find reliable sources for them.
4. After attending this session participants will be able to describe key building science concepts that are necessary for an energy efficient home that provides long term comfort and durability.

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