The Path to Zero - Reducing Energy Consumption in Buildings

PENC Triangle Chapter Presents:
The Path to Zero
Reducing Energy Consumption in Buildings


Mike Kapp, Architect,
Certified Sustainable Building Advisor,
LEED Accredited Professional,
Certified Passive House Consultant


Thursday, March 28, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

18 Seaboard 
(18 Seaboard Ave #100, Raleigh, NC 27604)

Program Cost:
Member: $30 
Non-Member: $40 
Government Employee/Student: $20.00

Program Overview:
Lunch Program (1 PDH): The Path to Zero

The recent global increase of natural disasters linked to climate change implores us to examine our ability to mitigate carbon emissions. CO2 emissions are a direct result of burning fossil fuels to produce energy to operate our buildings. Buildings consume at least 40% of all energy produced in the United States.  By reducing that consumption, ultimately to zero, the architecture/construction industry will make a huge stride in the reversal of the current trend toward exceeding a carbon emission threshold that will set us on a path to unimaginable consequences.

In North Carolina, there have been some advancements in the energy efficiency of buildings, but they have not achieved the results needed to produce significant reductions in energy consumption required to reverse the momentum of climate change. A greater focus on buildings’ energy efficiency is paramount. Building Science has made advancements that illuminate a path for North Carolinians to follow.

By following the advancements that have been made in Europe, Canada and northern regions of the United States during the past decade, this presentation, Path to Zero, suggests a step-by-step approach to achieving the goal set out in Governor Cooper’s Executive Order Number 80 of reducing energy consumption in state-owned buildings by at least 40%. A truly sustainable future will have buildings that use Net-Zero Energy and are constructed to be resilient in the face of inevitable natural disasters

Lunch Speakers:      

Mike is a Certified Passive House Consultant, Construction Documents Technologist, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, is National Council of Architectural Registration Boards certified, and holds Professional Architecture licenses in NC and CA.  With 30+ years of experience accumulated in NC, CA, OR & WA, Mike has been employed by a local university in its Facilities Division since 2013, during which he has led more than a dozen lectures and presentations to raise awareness of Building Science and the Passive House approach while managing university projects up to $160 million. 

Mike is the PHAUS Regional Representative for the Mid-Atlantic: Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., North Carolina.

Mike's mission as a Passive House Alliance U.S. representative is to make a positive change in the world by making passive building a mainstream market force, and accepted best practice in the building industry.

PDHs: 1 PDH (Note: While PENC offers Professional Development Credit for this program, it is up to each Professional Engineer to determine if the content is relevant to his/her individual practice and suitable for his/her continuing education.)

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3/28/2019 11:30 AM - 3/28/2019 1:00 PM
18 Seaboard Ave #100
Raleigh, NC 27603 United States

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