ACAT Annual Meeting • 5-8pm, October 18 • Agate Inn, Wasilla

Please mark your calendars and join us for ACAT’s annual meeting and Board Elections on Saturday, October 18 at the Agate Inn in Wasilla. We’ll have a potluck and get to hear an update from Board Members Jessie Huff and Bruno Grunau on UAF’s Sustainable Village, a student housing center built in 2012 as a demonstration for using environmentally sustainable technologies in a residential setting. We’ll also have our board elections. Read more about the candidates here

For more information about the meeting or elections, contact Stephanie Nowers at, or 229.1982. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a dish for the potluck!



2013-2014 WORKSHOPS

April 25 & 26: Getting to Net Zero Effectively in Production & Custom Homes

Net Zero Energy homes produce as much energy as they use. Massachusetts-based Net Zero Energy builder R. Carter Scott and his company Transformations, Inc. have been featured in Fine HomeBuilding Magazine and Solar Today for their work building Net Zero Energy communities that produce as much energy as they use. Join us for this workshop with Carter to hear what he has done and cover the basics of “Getting to Zero Energy” in a cold climate for builders and homeowners.

March 28: Zero Energy Building - Affordability  and Future in Home Construction

Peter Amerongen, President of Habitat Studio and Workshop, Ltd. and one of Canada’s Leading Green Builders, presented on Net Zero Building from design to affordability in this 2-hour webinar targeted at professional home builders and those interested in Net Zero building. MORE

Feb. 22: How To Wrap It Up with REMOTE WALLS – Comfortable & Cozy in Your Super Insulated Home

Energy Consultant Margaret Subers gave this hands-on workshop on REMOTE Wall Systems at Mat-Su College.

Jan 10 & 11, 2014 “Building a Happy Home: Comfortable, Efficient & Affordable”

Certified Passive House consultant & Anchorage homeowner Matt Oster discussed the details of how he created a more comfortable energy efficient home and reduced his heating costs by 83%. MORE INFO

Nov. 1-2, 2013: Practical Solutions for Building Net Zero Energy in Alaska

Fairbanks builder Thorsten Chlupp & Passive House expert Prudence Ferreira offered a wealth of information and experience  looking at Net Zero Energy building in Alaska, including homes Thorsten has built in Fairbanks. MORE INFO

Oct. 19, 2013: Navigating Your Path to Net Zero Energy

Thanks to Jason Collins for leading us through a comprehensive exercise on navigating a path to Net Zero Energy on our own project, whether it be a retrofit or new construction.  We will be offering this workshop again in the future. If you missed it and want to be notified when it’s offered again, email Stephanie at

Sept. 27 & 28, 2013: Intro to AHFC’s 6-Star Rating

This was a great workshop. Many thanks to Scott Waterman, with Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), who presented details on a significant addition to the Alaska building energy rating system – the new 6-star energy rating. Here are some links with additonal information.

Energy_Use_PublicFacilities Report (2012)
This report gives an in-depth picture of the energy use of public buildings in Alaska. By looking at comprehensive energy audits of 327 out of an estimated 5,000 public facilities, researchers found that the average building can save $25,000 per year on energy just by modest investments in efficiency.

See details and Powerpoints from past presentations on our archive pages here.

Alaska Solar Tours

These self-directed tours showcased Alaskan installations of solar, wind and other renewable energy systems as well as green building technology. They were a fantastic opportunity to see and talk to those with firsthand experience using these systems. But even if you missed them, you can download the schedules to read and learn about these Alaskan homes and businesses.

Oct. 6, 2012 Mat-Su Solar Tour

Oct. 6, 2012 Fairbanks Solar Tour

June 9,2012 Anchorage Solar Tour

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