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Old 08-20-2014, 10:25 PM
 
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It's not happening in the DC area, I took some time off and went for my Master's in the Netherlands hoping things would improve, came back and it wasn't. Left for California because they were supposed to be the most progressive. I am having the hardest time finding a job as a green building designer. Net Zero or bust.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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It seems Del Ridge homes are building a few in the Toronto area, although some of the condo locations could be better. It's mostly 60-70 walkscore locations in the outer suburbs, usually near strip malls and small to mid-sized shopping centres. I guess that's not too bad, bringing residential closer to commercial, even if it's in an auto-oriented environment (they also have commercial and institutional projects). They did have one project in one of the suburbs' older downtowns though.

Areas they're building in (not sure if all of these are net zero but at least the most recent ones seem to be):

Hagerman's Corners, Markham, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ha...1a69a829a5a796
Projects in this area are "Midtown Markham", Tony Wong Place and two office buildings (Kennison Centre, GreenLife Centre)

Golden Ave/Markham Rd, Markham, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma...c5fadbc5c9473e
Projects here are Golden, Parkview Place and Prentice Place

Centennial Forest, Milton, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/E+...64a41290127bdf
Projects here are Centennial Forest Heights and Drury Park

Main St W, Milton, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/30...a5c877cc2ebbac
Project here is West Side Milton

Main St E, Milton, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ma...fa3ed889c8b352
Project here is "Downtown Milton"

Appleby and Upper Middle, Burlington, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Up...b828a644a37501
Project here is "Appleby Woods"

Station Plaza, Ajax, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/50...06ed269a470589
"Hubbard Station"

Bronte St S, Milton, ON
https://www.google.com/maps/place/45...8aa068ee8e7685
Bronte Corporate Centre, Bronte Professional Centre, Greenlife Business Centre

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Old 08-21-2014, 11:28 AM
 
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Where in California? Architecture firm Morphosis' office is itself net zero.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:53 AM
 
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Thanks for all the examples me mph…

Bunjee well I'm in SoCal (LA), but I just moved here and am kind of squatting so I'm not really tied down to a specific place. Although I do love SoCal and would like to stay here for a while.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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I am having the hardest time finding a job as a green building designer. Net Zero or bust.
Look in LEED instead. Net zero is not realistic. Besides, there are lots of things you can do as a regular building designer to decrease the energy costs. Don't think perfect is the enemy of good.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:31 PM
 
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It's not happening in the DC area, I took some time off and went for my Master's in the Netherlands hoping things would improve, came back and it wasn't. Left for California because they were supposed to be the most progressive. I am having the hardest time finding a job as a green building designer. Net Zero or bust.
CA may have a lot of socially liberal cities, but we're as rigid as anyone in terms of development. We've set up our cities so that the mildly bored and irritated can be the staunch enemy of good development.

But, as someone else said, look for LEED.
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Old 08-21-2014, 02:55 PM
 
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Here's one in Sacramento: Midtown Sacramento housing project gets national praise for electrical innovation - Sacramento Business Journal
2500 R | Midtown Sacramento homes, Net Zero energy efficient
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Old 08-21-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses.

I am a LEED AP BD+C, designers and builders are annoyed by the "checklist" of prerequisites and credits. LEED did a great job in drawing awareness to environmental design, but it's blanket design requirements turn a lot of people off. Each building is unique.

Talk about perfection, now that's the Living Building Challenge. Requiring net zero energy AND water, only allowing materials that are not on the banned "red list".

Since energy involves dollars and cents, net zero energy will be what is attractive to building owners. And it's not unrealistic. Proper site orientation, energy model the design for proper insulation, glazing, daylighting, high efficiency lighting/appliances, power with solar pv, and voila... Net zero (possibly positive!)
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:06 PM
 
Location: State of Denial
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Question: Where are Net Zero Buildings being built?

Answer: The Library. Specifically, the Fiction section.
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Old 08-21-2014, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Thunder Bay, ON
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I don't really know what net zero means in terms of what it includes, but the building examples I gave are not that expensive for Toronto. It seems the low rise condos are typically going for around $300-350/sf which is not bad at all for new construction. Most of the new construction condos in Toronto are high-rise, and actually more expensive ($450-700/sf depending on location, sometimes even around $1000/sf for very luxurious units). Lowrise new construction that isn't net zero might be more like $250-300/sf but will have higher maintenance (i.e. condo/HOA) fees. So it seems like it could be viable.
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