SIPA staff and board members will be in attendance at the Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit, October 8–10 in Irvine, California. Sponsored by the Net-Zero Energy Home Coalition, the event will bring together leaders in the movement to design and construct net-zero energy homes.
The summit will be held concurrently with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon. Four university teams competing in this year’s competition are using structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the building envelope in their projects to achieve maximum energy efficiency and help meet the competition requirement of net-zero energy use.
SIPA Executive Director Bill Wachtler sees the Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit and adjacent Solar Decathlon as ideal locations to market SIPs because of the net-zero movement’s focus on home performance.
“To build a net-zero energy home cost effectively, a certain amount of energy savings has to come from the building envelope,” said Wachtler. “Builders and designers are looking for the characteristics that SIPs provide—no thermal bridging, air tightness, and labor savings.”
For attendees, the summit is not a typical conference or tradeshow, but a gathering of industry leaders to discuss the future policy, methods, technologies, and opportunities to expand net-zero energy homes across North America. Ed Mazria, the Founder and CEO of influential sustainable architecture organization Architecture 2030, will be one of the keynote speakers, along with Sam Rashkin, the Chief Architect of the U.S. DOE Building Technology Programs.
For more information on the Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit, visit their website.