How to Design & Build Net-Zero & Efficient Buildings with Current Technologies

  • April 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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"Making Larger Strides, Leaving Smaller Footprints: How to Design and Build Net-Zero Energy-Efficient Buildings with Current Technologies"


Learn how to "CONSERVE and CONVERT" with five easy-to-understand keys (the "ODESA" concept):

1. Building ORIENTATION;

2. Building DESIGN;

3. The thermal ENVELOPE;

4. SYSTEMS within;

5. Alternative ENERGY.

Special Focus: The Envelope, Please! How does a home lose or gain heat? Learn the six mechanisms of heat transfer and how to achieve an excellent thermal envelope (floors, walls, roof, doors, and windows).

Program Topics:

Energy Conservation 

Green Building

Net-Zero Energy Use


President & CEO, Insulated Component Structures – Rocky Mountain, Inc. (“ICS SIPs”) Brian Propp has traveled extensively throughout the world managing rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, and the former Soviet Union. His passion to find better building techniques and to conserve energy, especially fossil fuels, led him to begin manufacturing ICS Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) in Colorado. As a double-alum of the University of Colorado (CU) and former Adjunct Professor at the University of Denver (DU), he now enjoys speaking throughout the Rocky Mountain region about his five easy steps to “Conservation and Conversion” in his presentation

"Making larger strides; leaving smaller footprints: How to design and build net-zero energy-efficient buildings with current technologies.”

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  • Carl G.

    Some of it was pretty basic, but the presenter did a god job "connecting the dots" on energy efficiency and construction.

    April 16, 2014

  • Dave J.

    Good presentation but would have liked to learn more about different technologies to achieve net zero and pros/cons of the different choices.

    April 16, 2014

  • Peter W.

    Great meeting last night. Lots of ground covered, and many good questions raised. Thanks Brian! We could be a bit more careful of our facts, though. For example, the statement that SIP's 'sequester carbon' is not accurate (see:
    Also, I wouldn't be so hard on architects, many of whom are very dedicated and do great work!

    April 16, 2014

  • Harry De La C.

    Amazing! Super excited to see so many people that about our planet and want to proactive about making a difference.
    The information shared was relevant and well presented. Very well organized meet up.
    I highly recommend this group.

    2 · April 15, 2014

  • Mike T.

    Hi Everyone, I’m heading to Havasupai Falls (Google it, amazing place!) in Arizona May 8th and coming back May 13th and my partner had to cancel. I already paid the fee of $170 per person, which covers permits, camping for 3-nights in the canyon and mules to haul our camping gear in and out of the canyon. There are about 20 people going already pretty evenly split between men and women so it should be a fun time for all. We’re leaving Wednesday May 7th after work. Friday will be a moderate day of hiking downhill for a few hours, and then we have 3 nights to relax, swim, explore the canyon, etc. We are going to hike out Monday (long hard day) and drive back to Colorado Monday and Tuesday the 13th. It’s almost a 10 mile hike each way and the elevation gain/loss is 2300 ft each way.
    Let me know you want to go as soon as possible and get me a check for $170 and the spot is yours. My cell phone is[masked], and my email is [masked]­

    April 13, 2014

  • Dustin T.

    I won't be able to make it, but it would be great to meet up with someone who takes good notes. It's a very important topic to me.

    April 7, 2014

  • Carl G.

    Good beer while hearing about energy efficiency; it doesn't get better than that!

    April 2, 2014

  • Martin V.

    Martin here with the Jeffco CRES chapter.
    I'm hoping to form a car pool from Golden/Denver so get in touch via [masked] to coordinate. If I don't find any joiners I might not go.

    April 2, 2014

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