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Achieving Net-Zero Electric homes
November 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Achieving Net-Zero Electric homes: Case Studies of Retrofit and New Construction
NCRES & CCL will be hosting a talk at Odell Brewing on home electrification.
When embarking on a journey to improve efficiency and electrify homes to eliminate building Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, there are a number of challenges and opportunities to consider. We take you through the thought processes for two very different projects: a retrofit of a natural gas heated mid 80’s vintage tract home and a new custom built home. While the end goals were the same – maximize efficiency and eliminate GHG emissions – the paths were sometimes quite different. Our speakers will discuss their projects and seek audience input on the special considerations being encountered on a 100-year-old retrofit project being planned for a rental home in old town Fort Collins. We will also have building performance and HVAC experts for the Q&A to help elucidate on the challenges and opportunities when pursuing beneficial electrification in a residential setting.
About our speakers:
Frank Hruby is a retired corporate attorney. His practice focus was environmental and construction law. Frank first experienced Geothermal and Photovoltaic systems 12 years ago when he and his wife installed them in their passive solar home in Saint Louis. On moving to the Loveland area, they specified these systems for heating, cooling and powering their new home. Two years ago, Frank construction managed electrification of his son’s 1980s vintage Fort Collins home. Frank is an active member of a number of local climate organizations. For the past year Frank’s primary focus has been advancing Citizens Climate Lobby’s Building Electrification and Efficiency (BEE) initiative. The BEE team offers presentations to educate our community on the importance of energy efficiency and electrification and how our actions can accelerate the transition to renewable energy and clean energy buildings.
Tony Mitchell has a passion for realizing people’s potential and in particular making a sustainable difference for his clients. Before becoming a full time professional trainer and coach, Tony held a variety of scientific and change management positions in his 21 years at BP. It was his roles in Change Management that led him to leave BP to concentrate off helping many organizations explore organizational and individual change programs to pursue continuous improvement and help realize their full potential.
Tony believes in “inside-out learning”. What he means is, people need to experience or ‘see’ the issue for themselves and internalize it, before they are ready to make a change and externalize that change through new behaviours and actions. Since retiring, Tony has focussed his attention on climate change, using his scientific background. With plenty of help, he has designed and built a net-zero home in Laporte, Colorado, and now volunteers for Citizens Climate Lobby. His attention now is on helping the community in developing action plans to improve building energy efficiency and electrify with the aim to eliminate GHG emissions.
Tony attained a BSc in Materials Sciences from Imperial College in London and a Doctorate in Chemistry at Oxford.