Category Archives: 2013

High Performance Buildings

Brian Fuentes, Founder, FuentesDesign

Lance Wright, President, Green Energy Man, Inc.

Presentation

Please join us in hearing Brian Fuentes and Lance Wright, both Certified Passive House Consultants, discuss their knowledge of constructing high performance buildings and the cost and energy savings behind this building method. The Passivhaus concept was introduced to America with the establishment of the Passive House Institute, United States (PHIUS) in 2008. It is a nonprofit organization that provides training, education and research to promote implementation of Passive House Building Energy standard, as well as the design approach and techniques to accomplish that standard.

Background Info

Brian Fuentes, AIA, CPHC, is the founder of fuentesdesign, a registered architect in the State of Colorado,  a member of the AIA, and a Certified Passive House Consultant with the Passive House Institute ( PH) in Germany, as well as the Passive House Institute U.S. ( PHIUS). Brian graduated from the University of Oregon and Robert D. Clark Honors College with distinction in Architecture with his thesis “A Pattern Language for the Front Range of Colorado”, where he also worked as volunteer on the first straw bale house in Eugene in 1998.  He was the recipient of the UO’s Rosenberg Traveling Fellowship in 1999 from the University of Oregon’s Architecture program and traveled to Curitiba, Brazil to see the latest in sustainable urban planning.  He has taught architecture at the University of Colorado as honorary faculty and presented his thesis and fellowship work at the University of Oregon.  Projects by fuentesdesign have been featured on the Denver or Boulder Solar Home Tours in 2004, 2006, and 2008 through 2011.  The work of fuentesdesign has been featured in Architect Magazine, The  Denver Post “The House Gore Should Have Built”,  Boulder County Business Report, the Boulder Daily Camera, and several others.

Lance Wright, CPHC,  is the president of Green Energy Man, Inc. and a Certified Passive House Consultant through PHIUS. Lance is currently leading the effort to organize the nascent Colorado Passive House Alliance. Lance graduated from Auburn University with a degree in the Forest Ecology Honor’s Program in 1976. Upon graduating, Lance worked with the U. S. Forest Service in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska before settling down in Colorado in the early 1980’s. He worked for Democratic and environmental campaigns in Colorado through several election cycles, including three of his own runs for a seat in the State House of Representatives, before being elected to the Parker Town Council in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. Lance built his first energy-efficient house in Parker in 1998 and his low winter heating bills helped him convince his fellow Council members to pass a significant increase in the Building Code requirements for energy efficiency in the Town of Parker over the strong objections of the building community. Lance moved to Springfield, Missouri in 2004 for family reasons and became the first US EPA Energy Star building partner in southern Missouri. After building Energy Star rated homes in Missouri for two years, Lance returned to Colorado and established the energy efficiency design and consulting business, Green Energy Man, Inc.

Power Point

High Performance Buildings

Modeling Options for a Boulder Municipal Utility

Sam Weaver, Cool Energy, Inc., CEO, President, and Co-Founder

Presentation

Sam Weaver, the president, CEO, and co-founder of Cool Energy, Inc. will be discussing the methods that have been used to analyze options and costs for a Boulder municipal utility.

Can Boulder provide a lower carbon and cleaner supply of electricity at costs and reliability that meet or beat the current fossil fuel dominated supply from Xcel?

Come learn about the methods used to model possible options and ask questions about assumptions that have been used. The City of Boulder expects to release its updated modeling results on February 21, 2013.

Background Info

Sam Weaver is President, CEO and a co-founder of Cool Energy, Inc., a power conversion equipment company located in Boulder, CO. Sam also is a Director of Proton Power, a company supplying biomass gasification equipment for producing renewable electricity, biofuels, biochar, and hydrogen.  Sam is a former member of the Board of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, and is a member of the City of Boulder Planning Board and the Colorado Clean Energy Development Authority. Prior to his entrepenuerial and start-up business experience, Sam worked for ten years as a professional researcher in the electrical engineering department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an active member of numerous energy and renewable energy industry trade groups, and has served his community as a volunteer fire chief and Boulder County advisory board member.  Sam holds a B.S. degree in engineering and applied science from the California Institute of Technology and is an inventor named on fifteen issued U.S. patents.

Power Point

Modeling Boulder Light and Power – The Promise of Local Control

Other Information

Carbon Emission Reduction Targets Based on Projected Global Average Temperature Rise and the Resulting Consequences

Boulder and World Carbon Emissions Spreadsheet

Effective Climate Advocacy in an Overly Politicized World

Alice Madden, Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development, University of Colorado at Denver

Presentation

Alice Madden, holder of the Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development at the University of Colorado School of Public Affairs, shared her perspective about the effective advocacy of policy based on climate science.  The former state house Majority Leader discussed how to persuade target audiences, creating the next generation of environmental stewards, and relevant topics before the 2013 Colorado legislature.

Background Info

Alice Madden is the holder of the Timothy E. Wirth Chair of Sustainable Development, University of Colorado at Denver, where she works to develop sustainable clean energy economies and educate future environmental stewards through a variety of efforts.  Ms. Madden creates programs training varied constituencies to better communicate their message and build broader collaborations, thereby increasing successful implementation of their sustainability goals.  Alice works to advance environmental literacy curriculums in K-12 education and increase the interest of minority students in sustainability fields.  She also hosts a monthly Sustainability Series and teaches Political Advocacy at the School of Public Affairs and is a founding board member of the Rocky Mountain Sustainability & Science Network which creates collaborations in research relevant to sustainability.

Prior to being awarded the Wirth Chair, Ms. Madden served four terms in the Colorado House of Representatives, including four years as the House Majority Leader. She played an integral role in building the policy foundation for what is now referred to nationally as the New Energy Economy.  She continued to apply her experience and passion for economic and environmental sustainability as Governor Ritter’s Climate Change Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff.  Alice also served as a Senior Fellow on Climate Change at the Center for American Progress.

Power Point

Alice Madden Effective Climate Advocacy