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Off Grid Zero Emissions Building (OGZEB) Wins 2011 Residential Energy Efficiency Award
OGZEB Building on FSU Campus
The award program, sponsored by the State and Local Energy Report, honors some of the country's best projects that leverage government funds to improve the efficiency of the country's housing stock.  The program goal is to provide a platform for solutions to residential energy usage while recognizing projects that are both innovative and replicable.
Shannon Ingersoll
OGZEB Manager

As a winner, the OGZEB is featured in the Spring edition of the State and Local Energy Report Magazine.  In addition to the award, OGZEB manager Shannon Ingersoll was invited to the National Home Performance Conference hosted by Affordable Comfort, Inc. in San Francisco, California where the OGZEB was recognized for the award.

For more information on the Off Grid Zero Emissions Building, please visit their website















Chapin Attends ORNL Sustainability Summit
     Created in 2008, the Sustainable Campus Initiative embodies Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) efforts to achieve enduring sustainability in its facilities, operations, and organizational culture at the Lab. It grew from an aggressive ORNL campus modernization program that started in 2002; intertwines with a multitude of building, landscaping, and energy management efforts; and taps ORNL's world-class science and technology expertise. As a compliment to the Initiative, ORNL hosted a Sustainability Summit in March of this year. The summit covered strategies and technologies related to low-carbon power generation, grid-scale electric power, transportation and vehicles, building efficiency, as well as financial strategies.   

Dr. Tim Chapin

In attendance was Dr. Tim Chapin, Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at The Florida State University.  In reaction to the summit, he found the discussions about energy technologies surprisingly relevant to urban planning. He commented that the discussion began to address how to go beyond individual buildings to creating energy efficient neighborhoods.  For example, the summit showcased the concept of mini-nuclear reactors for neighborhoods which Dr. Chapin thought may have siting and permitting difficulties. Those who handle the siting of power plants could benefit a great deal by collaborating with planners and other social sciences professionals.

In his research, Dr. Chapin identifies the impacts of major changes to Florida's demographics in the next twenty years; changes that have the potential to impact energy consumption and development outcomes in the state. Presenting at the summit, he detailed the impacts of these demographic changes on the state. The retirement of the massive baby-boom generation, those born between 1946 and 1960, will yield increased demand for smaller homes, more compact development and communities supportive of a range of transportation modes.  These changes all offer opportunities for more sustainable energy use.