2018 Workshops

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Dec. 7, 2018 Net Zero Building for the Arctic

Architect Klaus Mayer discussed his proposal for a Net Zero Energy multi-generational house intended for Arctic villages. The house incorporates communal design elements such as a shared kitchen and common space that recognizes family members desire to share and interact with each other as well as an outside entry for storage of subsistence foods. For energy savings and waste reduction, urine-diverting dry toilets, a rainwater collection system and low energy appliances are utilized. The home also uniquely incorporates building blocks made from mushrooms (fungal mycelium) as a potential local low cost, eco-friendly solution to traditional building materials. site. The idea of using mycelium (the white vegetative strands that form the root of mushrooms) to replace insulation and other products is being explored across the country. This project relies on work done by University of Alaska Anchorage professor Philippe Amstislavski, who is currently testing a slab of mycelium insulation at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks. The mycelium can be grown in various shapes and is inert and non-toxic. When removed and exposed to elements, it naturally decomposes.
PRESENTER: Klaus Mayer
PRESENTATION: Multifamily housing above the Arctic (.pdf)

April 20, 2018 Indoor Air Quality & Ventilation

Indoor Air Quality is important from the start to finish of construction, whether you are going for a Net Zero Energy building or simply moving toward Net Zero. This workshop covered the 8 principals of indoor air quality in new and existing construction looking at contaminants, construction product selection, ventilation systems and maintenance necessary on new and existing homes. Emmett’s background in testing and diagnosing ventilation, combustion systems and building envelopes and special training as a Healthy Home Evaluator allows him a unique perspective on healthy homes in the State of Alaska
PRESENTER: Emmett Leffel

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