High Performance Building with Natural Materials Symposium

We just got word that ThermaCork will be a featured topic of discussion at the Santa Cruz Natural Materials symposium held by Passive House California! The event is being held at the Resource Center for Non-Violence, Friday Februrary 20, 2015 from 9:00am to 1:00pm! Presenters include Bjørn Kierulf, a Norwegian architect, living in Slovakia, where he has designed and built over 70 Passive House buildings using naturally renewable and locally sourced straw, clay and wood-based materials.  His company, Createrra, helped develop a Cradle to Cradle certified, panelized straw wall system, which he has used in multiple projects across Central and Eastern Europe. Andrew Michler, an author and builder who joins us from Colorado, where he has recently completed a Studio|Office|Guest House in high snow country, using a dense-packed cellulose, foam-free wall assembly. Andrew’s latest book, “(Ours) Hyperlocalization of Architecture,” published by eVolo Press, is a global tour of high performance and sustainable building.  It covers Living Building Challenge and Passive House projects from Seattle to Australia to Germany and includes interviews with William McDonough, Edward Mazria and Wolfgang Feist and Rob Nicely, a Monterey artist and contractor and owner of Carmel Building and Design.  His company has won multiple awards for sustainable design and has certified projects to LEED, Passive House and Living Building Challenge requirements.  He’s currently focused on sourcing local, naturally based materials and avoiding anything on the Living Futures Institute’s ‘Red List.’

Learn all about how non-toxic and natural building materials are being used to achieve Passive House levels of performance for homes, schools and commercial buildings.  Our panel of local and international experts will share examples of their work and discuss how their materials and methods can be implemented and adapted in our own buildings.

Date:         Friday, February 20th

Time:         9.00am – 1.00pm (Includes Lunch)

Place:        Resource Center for Nonviolence

612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Cost:          $45 for PHCA members, $65 for General Public,