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

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Program Description:

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:
AIA CES Program ID #: GMGH.0005
Approved Type: HSW
Approved Credit Hrs: 1.0 LU
Program Length: 56:06 Minutes
Program Level: Entry
Category: Project Planning & Design

Instructional Delivery Method(s):

  • Podcast

Program Length:

  • 56:06 Minutes

Approved Learning Units and Type:

  • 1.0 LU|HSW

AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date:

  • Approved: 05/31/2023
  • Expiration: 05/31/2026


  • None

Program Level:

  • Entry

Advance Learner Preparation:

  • None

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