6/28/2011: Solar Design / Green Building Potluck BBQ

Passive solar design is quite possibly one of the most efficient building techniques ever. Yet we rarely see the conscious implementation of this timeless way of building structures which are in-tune with the energy balance of their environment. Thanks to our dear friend Thomas Wagner, we got a firs hand look at innovative solar design in action.

It’s a perfect example of how innovation is also about the challenge of adoption. Thomas Wagner has met that challenge head on by building a passive solar home in Palo Alto in 1982. He graciously hosted a potluck and gave a tour of his home that keeps warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer with little to no active heating or cooling.

4 thoughts on “6/28/2011: Solar Design / Green Building Potluck BBQ

  • May 27, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Sounds like you have change of heart regarding the function.
    I’m fine with that.
    Should I talk to my tenants about using their firepit?
    Also I forgot to mention that parking is a problem.
    Is there any way to let people know that they should park on Matadero or Laguna and walk in- there’s very limited parking in the court- in fact people should not park in the court as it doesn’t belong to me but I have an access easement over it.
    I’ll forward this invite to my architect and solar friends and to the Passive House Institute people.

  • June 15, 2011 at 1:48 am

    “I encourage those interested in the Silicon Valley Regional Metamorphosis Initiative (SiV RMI), including new potential players, to participate in SVII’s potluck BBQ on 6.28l. It’ll give us a great informal opportunity to get to know each other better.

    First, conversations for relationship, then conversations for possibility, then for opportunity, and finally for action. The timing is perfect for a BBQ!”

    – Bill Veltrop

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  • July 1, 2011 at 5:48 am

    Thanks everyone for a great event, my first time throwing a party like this!


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