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Net Zero-Energy Communities: How Veridian is Paving the Way

AIA CES program ID: GMGH.0005

Approved LUs: 1.0 LU|HSW

Prerequisites: None

Program level: Entry

Advance learner preparation: None

In this episode of SPACES we dive into the world of net zero-energy communities with Matthew Grocoff, Esq., LEED-GA, LFA, founder of THRIVE Collaborative. Matthew joins us to discuss the innovative and inspiring Veridian at County Farm, a 13.59-acre mixed-income community in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Veridian is set to become one of the nation’s first net zero-energy communities, with greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains, and the balance of energy for vehicles, thermal, and electrical energy met by renewable energy. Matthew emphasizes the importance of identifying the community’s purpose, defining its values, and creating clear guidelines to ensure that the community remains a safe and welcoming space for everyone. The conversation highlights the role of the community manager in facilitating connections between members and ensuring that everyone feels heard and valued and concludes by discussing the challenges of managing a growing community and the need to prioritize sustainability and scalability. Join us as Matthew shares his insights on the design, construction, and planning of Veridian, and discusses the impact that net zero-energy communities can have on the environment and our daily lives.

Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the key design features and sustainability strategies employed by Veridian at County Farm to achieve its goal of becoming a net zero-energy community, including the use of renewable energy sources, energy-efficient building materials, and shared resources.
  2. Analyze the importance of community engagement and collaboration in the success of a mixed-income net zero-energy community like Veridian, and how the community’s values and purpose help to guide the decision-making process.
  3. Evaluate the role of the community manager in fostering a sense of belonging and connection among members, and the challenges associated with managing a growing community while maintaining its sustainability goals.
  4. Discuss the potential benefits and impact of net zero-energy communities on the environment and society as a whole, and the role that sustainable community design can play in addressing global climate change challenges.

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