Wed 20 Mar 2013 – Thu 21 Mar 2013
The Pacific Energy Center San Francisco, CA, USA

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 8.30am – 5.00pm ​Tickets: ​Why? California already has impressive legislation in place that sets the goal for achieving Net Zero energy buildings by 2030. Unfortunately there are no clear paths for how this target will be achieved. The goal of this one-day symposium is to gather policy-makers, industry leaders, architects and builders to collectively determine how best to move forward. ​How? Our presenters will be offering various examples of how and where high performance building targets have been achieved locally, nationally and internationally. We are looking to facilitate and contribute to the conversation that has already begun at various venues around the State. We will include projects that have represent multiple strategies to achieve Net Zero energy performance – including the Living Building Challenge, LEED, Passive House and others – and hope to open a conversation to find the most effective solutions. Who? Alex Steffen will keynote the Symposium with a look at “How cities will save the Planet.” He will place our local efforts within the global context of climate change but draw on real examples that have and can make positive impacts on our collective future. Ms. Joke Dockx (pronounced ‘Yokey Docs’) will join us from the City of Brussels’ Office of the Environment. She will share her Brussels’ strategy for defining their Green Building policies and how it progressed from pilot projects to legislation over a span of five years. Additional speakers will look at successful and unsuccessful projects from across the US and California, where we will hear from a panel of architects, builders and developers who have already achieved Net Zero buildings. Their successes and challenges will lead to the closing session where attendees can participate in a collective planning session on how we want to move toward Net Zero. ​​Who should attend? City planners, regional legislators, architects, builders and developers of commercial, institutional and multi-family housing and anyone with a vested interest in moving California's built environment towards our Net Zero and near zero energy goals.