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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Net-Zero Homes Speaker Series Continues with Dave Spencer and Jan Pratschke

Net-Zero Homes Speaker Series Continues with Dave Spencer and Jan Pratschke

Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook is presenting two more sessions in their Net-zero Energy Building Speaker Series: Dave Spencer of Calgary, founder of the EchoHaven sustainable development, Jan Pratschke of Invermere’s Collective Carpentry, and architect Shafraaz Kaba of Edmonton. Dave and Jan will be presenting a four-hour seminar for professionals from 1-5PM at Centre 64 in Kimberley and an inspirational evening presentation for the public at 7:30PM at COTR in Cranbrook on Friday, February 19th.
“Dave Spencer not only built his own net-zero home, but he founded a whole ecological development in Calgary to build it in,” said Wildsight’s Lars Sander-Green, “and local Jan Pratschke has a lot of knowledge to share about constructing high performance homes in the Kootenays.”
Dave built his net-zero home in 2011 and has been living in it - and monitoring the home’s performance - ever since. He’ll be sharing details about his home, his development, net-zero living, and a look forward at the net-zero industry in Canada, with plenty of construction details and discussion. Jan has worked on a number of high performance homes with his partners at Collective Carpentry in Invermere, focusing on shop-built building elements to maximize thermal performance and air sealing.
Two weeks later, on March 4th, architect Shafraaz Kaba will present the fourth and final session in the series, focusing on the modern net-zero home he built in Edmonton, along with details from other net-zero projects he has worked on.
“Edmonton has been a worldwide leader in net-zero homes over the past decade,” said Sander-Green, “and so we are very pleased to have Shafraaz in Kimberley and Cranbrook to share with us.”
In his presentation, Chasing Net Zero: Lessons learned from designing and building a net zero-ready home in Edmonton using passive design principles, Shafraaz will share his experience creating a unique home that is low-tech but provides high-performance. His experience builds upon lessons learned from the Equilibrium Housing program and from advice to keep it simple. He will also share what he’d do differently if he could do it all over again.
“The professional sessions are Homeowner Protection Office - approved as continuing professional development, so builders can cover some of their required training hours with our professional sessions” added Sander-Green, “and there is always plenty of time for Q&A to really dive into the subject.”
The professional seminars run from 1-5PM (Feb 19: Centre 64 in Kimberley, Mar 4: College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, Room S114) and cost $25. Interested members of the public are also welcome at the afternoon session. The public sessions start at 7:30PM (Feb 19: College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, Lecture Theatre, Mar 4: Centennial Centre in Kimberley) with admission by donation. More details and registration for the professional seminar can be found at
Wildsight Kimberley/Cranbrook gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Columbia Basin Trust for this project.

Lars Sander-Green
Climate, Wildsight

2-495 Wallinger Ave
Kimberley, BC V1A1Z6

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