By Grey Lee

Star of the organicARCHITECT world, Eric Corey Freed came to the USGBC MA to present his program on “The Net Zero Imperative” this morning. Almost 20 practitioners came out to roll up their sleeves and hear Eric's 20-point plan on how to get to net zero in their work on the built environment.


We had attendees representing state and local governments such as the City's Environment Department, community developers, building scientists, architects, contractors, LEED consultants and biomimicry experts. It was a great crowd and engaging discussions ensued.


The “20 Steps to Net Zero” of organicARCHITECT are:

  • Integrated Design Process
  • Load Reduction
  • Site Design
  • Energy Model
  • Orientation
  • Massing
  • Envelope
  • Daylighting
  • Systems Efficiency
  • Passive
  • Active
  • Recovery
  • Regeneration
  • Self Generation
  • Offsets
  • Operational Best Practices
  • Maintenance
  • Occupant Behavior Management
  • Data Collection & Analysis
  • Education
All told, it was a tour-de-force and inspirational presentation. You'll have to come out for his next presentation in the spring of 2015.


Eric's overarching message: just do it. Don't ask. If you have to, sneak it in!

It was a great presentation of over 600 slides. Whew! Thank you Eric!



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