Want to improve the efficiency of your home? Interested in building to net-zero? Do you think affordable housing should also come with lower monthly utility bills?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, we have the series for you.

This fall, CORE is teaming up with CLEER and Garfield Clean Energy to give you — architects, builders, contractors, homeowners, and energy nerds —  the tools needed to reduce emissions generated in homes and buildings.

The three-week series will start off with a dive into passive house, a set of design standards that utilize energy efficiency to improve the comfort of homes while reducing energy usage. American Institute of Architects (AIA) credits will be available for this workshop. Week Two will feature local Carbondale architecture firm, 2757 design+build co. The firm principals, Erica and Brian Golden, will showcase projects in our own backyard: Habitat for Humanity’s Basalt Vista Housing Partnership and a new building design in downtown Carbondale. The final workshop brings Cary Wiener with CSU Extension back to the valley. Wiener will discuss how making energy efficiency upgrades then plugging into solar is the perfect recipe for establishing a low-energy home.

The “Fall Energy Innovation Series” launches on Thursday, October 18th. Each workshop will begin at 5:30 pm in the Calaway Room at Carbondale’s Third Street Center. This workshop is FREE and open to the public, with light refreshments provided. Please RSVP by calling 970.925.9775 ext.503 or email kate@aspencore.org.

Check out the full breakdown of the individual workshops below. 2 LU / AIA credits per workshop:

Oct 18 || Passive House || Todd Collins, AE Building Systems
Join Todd Collins, owner of AE Building Systems, for a discussion on passive house, arguably the most rigorous energy efficiency standard in the world. The objective of the passive house standard is to reduce the energy required to heat a building and do it passively with an improved building envelope. This presentation will start with a basic overview and conclude with a dive into Colorado case studies. AIA CEUs available!

Oct 25 || Net-Zero Affordable Housing || Erica + Brian Golden, 2757 design+build co.
Erica + Brian Golden, principals of 2757 design co., have been leading their own design studio for the past 3 years and collaborating with great local teams on uniquely designed and sustainable projects in the Roaring Fork Valley.  In Basalt, the Basalt Vista Housing Partnership– a progressive partnership between Habitat Roaring Fork, the Roaring Fork Schools, Pitkin County and the Town of Basalt- is aided by CORE, Holy Cross, Resource Engineering Group, SunSense Solar & Confluence Architecture and aims to up the ante with a goal of all-electric, Net-Zero Energy for the community.

In Carbondale, the #tinytower is a creative example of providing additional housing in downtown infill locations. This project also aims for similar Net-Zero goals and a multi-family density, needing some unique metrics and out of the box (owner inspired) thought to get there.

Nov 1 || Solar & Low Energy Homes || Cary Weiner, CSU Extension
Cary Weiner, State Energy Specialist with Colorado State University Extension, will walk us through ways to achieve a low-energy home with a combination of energy efficiency and solar. Cary will present the whole house approach to energy efficiency. He will talk about costs and benefits of going all-electric to head toward net-zero, and then discuss considerations and resources for going solar.