SUMMIT SCHEDULE (tentative)
08:00am-08:50am | Ballroom Registration / Networking / Continental Breakfast
08:50am-09:00am | Breakout Opening Remarks
09:00am-09:30am | Breakout Mission Zero House
09:30am-09:40am | Breakout Q&A
09:40am-10:10am | Breakout Eastside Zero Energy Ready Pocket Neighborhood
10:10am-10:20am | Breakout Q&A
10:20am-10:50am | Breakout Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Zero Net Energy Retrofit
10:50am-11:00am | Breakout Q&A
11:00am-11:15am | Lobby Coffee Break
11:15am-11:45am | Breakout On-Site Generation – Policy Perspectives
11:45am-11:55pm | Breakout Q&A
11:55am-12:25pm | Breakout The Zero Energy Lexicon – Certifications & Terminology
12:25pm-12:35pm | Breakout Q&A
12:35pm-01:40pm | Ballroom Lunch & Matt Grocoff Keynote
01:40pm-02:10pm | Gazebo Break / Wellness Activity
02:10pm-03:25pm | Ballroom Zero Energy Development Workshop – Overcoming Systemic Barriers in Kalamazoo County
03:25pm-03:30pm | Ballroom Closing Remarks
03:30pm-05:00pm | Lobby Networking Reception
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS (tentative)
08:50am-09:00am | Breakout
Opening Remarks & Sponsor Recognition | Matt Hollander, Board Member, Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
09:00am-09:30am | Breakout
Mission Zero House | Presenter: Matt Grocoff, Founding Principal, THRIVE Collaborative
The Mission Zero House, a 1901 historic preservation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a 1,500 square foot single family home in a climate with four distinct seasons (temperatures ranging from 95°F to -20°F [35°C to -28°C]). Occupied by the Grocoff family (Matt, Kelly and their two young daughters), the intent of Mission Zero House is to redefine home, proving that where we live is much more than four walls, but a space to cultivate and sustain community.
The Grocoffs set out to restore their Victorian-era home to Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water and ultimately make the building a learning tool for the community in both spirit and ecology. The project was a historic rehabilitation achieved within the restraints of the Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation guidelines—not a gut rehab. A visitor would never recognize the house as a typical “green” house, which was an intentional aspect of the design.
More info at https://living-future.org/lbc/case-studies/mission-zero-house/ and www.happyhome.how.
09:40am-10:10am | Breakout
Eastside Zero Energy Ready Pocket Neighborhood | Presenters: Tom Tishler, Construction Manager, Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity; Shaun Wright, Deputy Director, Community Homeworks; Chelsie Hubbarth, Communications, Grants & Operations Manager, Kalamazoo Land Bank; Steve Hassevoort, Managing Principal, InForm Architecture
Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity has been building Zero Energy Ready homes in Kalamazoo since 2016. Build crews use cutting edge, science-based construction techniques that minimize utility bills and offer homeowners a simple pathway to net zero energy. All they need to provide after move-in is their own renewable energy, such as rooftop solar, and they can avoid paying for electricity or gas altogether.
Building upon Habitat’s success, the Kalamazoo County Land Bank and InForm Architecture have partnered to design and construct a pocket neighborhood of Zero Energy Ready homes in Kalamazoo’s Eastside Neighborhood. The neighborhood will include affordable Habitat homes as well as other home ownership opportunities for Kalamazoo residents.
10:20am-10:50am | Breakout
Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Zero Net Energy Retrofit Presenters: Jim Escamilla, President/CEO, Byce & Associates; Nathan Smallwood, President/CEO, Kalamazoo Nature Center; Benjamin Glendening, Zero-Net Energy Pilot Program Manager, Consumers Energy
The Kalamazoo Nature Center has partnered with Byce & Associates to participate in Consumers Energy’s Zero Net Energy Pilot Program. The goal of the program is to encourage new construction and major renovation projects to pursue Zero Net Energy through a structured design, build, measurement, and verification incentive process.
This pilot program is intended to support businesses in achieving their Zero Net Energy goals through the development of high performance buildings. It provides participants with a selection of incentives to fund energy modeling, engineering support, cost-benefit analysis, system commissioning, and post-occupancy measurement and verification.
On-Site Generation – Policy Perspectives | Presenters: Walker Modic, Sustainability Specialist, Bell’s Brewery; TBD
Regulations governing the interconnection of onsite energy generation to the regional energy transmission system dictate the feasibility and cost consequence of onsite generation systems. This session will review the different types of interconnection standards in southwest Michigan and their role in shaping the suitable technologies and size of onsite generation systems for residences, neighborhoods, and businesses.
The Zero Energy Lexicon – Certifications & Terminology | Presenter: Brett Little, Executive Director, Green Home Institute
Zero Energy, Zero Net Energy, Living Building Challenge, Net Positive, LEED, the list goes on. If you’re as confused as we are this session will help you navigate the alphabet soup. Brett Little, from Grand Rapids-based Green Home Institute, will outline the most common net zero certifications strategies and help us speak a common language.
Brett Lives with his wife and son in Grand Rapids, Michigan in a 90-year old GreenStar Bronze Certified home. He is passionate about sustainable business and helping people make their lives more sustainable. He has been a volunteer with GHI since 2008 prior to becoming the executive director. He is a Home Energy Magazine entrepreneur 30 under 30 recipient and loves to Kayak and drink craft beer when not greening homes. Credentials: LEED APH, LFA and GHP