Technical Session: Solar Buildings & Architecture I *

Technical Session: Solar Buildings & Architecture I *

* Approved for (1, 1.5, 1.75) AIA Continuing Education System (CES) Learning Units



Moderator: Dave Panich


Tabitha CrawfordGetting to Net Zero–Less is More

Tabitha Crawford

Becoming “Net Zero” is becoming more feasible now than ever before. Military installations, the education sector, and others are aiming to offset energy use locally via improved efficiencies and renewable energy. Find out how “less is more” as we share success stories and lessons learned with net zero projects.


SunHaus, a Solar-Powered Solution for Ecotourism and Emergency Shelters

Mortiz LimpinselMoritz Limpinsel

Advances in solar technology and building materials have enabled self-sufficient, low-cost cabins that can be transported and assembled easily. Applications include disaster relief, refugee and homeless shelters, mining operation worker housing and ecotourism. This talk will discuss the feasibility, cost and socioeconomic impact of this type of cabin.


A Case Study on the Merits of a Solar Powered Internet of Things: Intelligent Window Shade

David DrakeDavid Drake

Home automation and the Internet-of-Things is a multi-trillion dollar market. Smart devices that are self-powered are more valuable because they require less maintenance and are easier to setup. The case-study of a solar-powered blind prototype will highlight how solar professionals can leverage their skills in this emerging market.


Community-Enhanced Sustainabiltiy: A Case Study of Placitas Sage Cohousing

bowen.bryanBryan Bowen

Placitas Sage Cohousing is an innovative seniors cohousing community that will employ passive solar, passive house, water-wise, permaculture, and universal design principals. It targets DOE Zero Energy Ready Home certification, and uses the Living Community Challenge as a design yardstick. The design includes shared pv solar gardens, shared solar thermal heating and dhw, and it will allow an enhanced sharing of resources through cohousing. Cohousing communities live more lightly on the land than comparable development patterns due to innovative factors that will be explored in this presentation. Beyond technology, community is the secret ingredient in sustainability!