How to Design a Zero-Carbon, Net-Zero-Energy Home

As part of SLU’s forum “Climate Change: We’re All in It Together” Dr. Mel Tyree from the University of Alberta will give a presentation titled, “How to Design a Zero-Carbon, Net-Zero-Energy Home.”

Dr. Mel Tyree is a research scientist in biophysics who used his scientific skills to design his own sustainable home in Ellenburg, NY. He has a B.A. from Pomona College and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Dr. Tyree is Professor of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta.

Dr. Tyree will discuss his personal experiences in designing, building and owning a home that uses no carbon-based energy sources – neither biofuels nor fossil fuels. This house, completed in January 2008, cost $65,000 extra to build, but will save $165,000 in energy costs over the first 20 years of operation. Measured data on the performance of the house will be presented. The house features an open-loop geothermal heat pump, a 10-kW turbine, and 10 kW-PV system.

The Climate Change Forum is sponsored by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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