Sept Mtg: Cider Cottages - Passive House + Renewables in Berkeley

Sun, 09/27/2015 -
3:00pm to 5:30pm

Born from a builder’s interest in exploring the limits of resource-efficient small home design and construction, the Cider Cottages rose from a vacant 5400 SF West Berkeley lot in 2013-14. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms each, the two Cottages are projected to produce enough energy to provide for the occupant’s entire energy needs including 6,000 electric car miles thanks in large part to Passive House strategies. While not certified, one of the homes is projected to meet PH design requirements with double-pane windows and without an HRV. The presentation will include an overview of the project’s design and construction followed by Q&A.

3.00pm - Intro to Passive House for new attendees 
3.30pm - Regular PHCA Meeting Starts 
4.15pm - Education Segment: Cider Cottages 
5.00pm - Networking & Beer

This meeting is free for PHCA Pro members, $5 for supporters and $10 for guests. Beer and networking included.

Since discovering a screwdriver and pulling apart his first kitchen appliance at the age of three, José Rivero has been curious about the built environment. He worked as a construction manager for Habitat for Humanity and then briefly as a mechanical engineer after graduating from the University of Colorado’s Architectural Engineering program. Most recently, he designed and built his own Net-Zero+ real estate development project named the Cider Cottages in Berkeley, CA.  José’s passion for energy-efficient homes and low-impact living comes from six childhood years living abroad and visits to 20+ countries as a teenager. Outside of building design and construction, he enjoys both motorized and pedal-powered cycles as well as sailing the San Francisco Bay and skiing the Sierras and Rockies.


Barney's Burgers

1600 Shattuck Avenue, #112 (In the Back Room)

Berkeley, CA