Building Carbon Zero – Palo Alto – November 13 & 14

Passive House California builds on its successful Carbon Zero series of collaborations with local governments.   This year with Palo Alto hosting the Building Carbon Zero conference on the International Passive House Days, November 13th and 14th.


Just about the time we’ll be getting our first serious winter rain storms in the Northwest, you could take part in PHCA’s first Pedalhaus, touring local Passive Houses by bike (in the sun) on Saturday, the 14th.


It will be a nice break for your brain after Friday’s idea-packed agenda.  Highlights:


Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Director of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California (Los Angeles and Berkeley), and has an MS in Physics from the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary.


Dr. Urge-Vorsatz is a current Vice Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Coordinating Lead Author of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning 2007 IPCC report.  Her focus was on how critical low-energy buildings are for GHG mitigation and the danger of “locked-in” high emissions from buildings constructed today that will be in use far into the future. 


Stuart Bernstein, global head of the Clean Technology and Renewables (CTR) Group for Goldman, Sachs & Co, on the building owner’s perspective. 


John Sarter, Sustainable design/build firm CEO of Off The Grid Design, will preview a cleaner development future with his Sol-Lux Alpha, California's first Multi-family Microgrid, Passive House, Carbon Zero Living + Transportation System.