Tour: the Mission Zero House
This tour will highlight the reported oldest net-zero house in America: the Mission Zero House. Inspired by the late Ray Anderson of Interface, whose vision of a restorative future included a "mission zero" manifesto in which they set the goal to eliminate all of their negative impacts on the planet. Matt and Kelly Grocoff's home strives for that same goal and has been featured in numerous national magazines, was selected as USA Today's "Best Green Homes of 2010", and was described by Atlantic magazine as "sustainable perfection". This intimate, personal tour, by Matt himself, will show you how, even with only R-15 insulation in the walls, this house has achieved net-zero energy. Yes, it IS possible. Please understand that you will be visiting a real-live family home. There will be the typical family dirt and messes. This is the real deal, not a show house, so thank you for your understanding!
Speaker: Matt Grocoff, Esq. LEED GA
Date/Time: April 9, 2013 / 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: Absolutely Free - Limited to 25 attendees only
Location: 217 S. Seventh St, Ann Arbor MI 48104
Please park on Washington Street
Registration: Pre-registration required- Limited to 25 attendees only - click here
"The tour of Matt Grocoff’s Net Zero house was an inspiration. Seeing the commitment he has made, and feeling the spirit of his leadership and willingness to step out of his comfort zone to set an example for all of us, I am also renewed in my personal commitment to promoting and living a more sustainable lifestyle. We all owe it to ourselves to be engaged in the fight, and the spirit of colleagues sharing the journey, makes the end its own reward. Thank you for continuing to put these opportunities out there for us to grab onto and build confidence in each one of us for taking the first, or the tenth, step."
Ilene R. Tyler, Quinn Evans Architects
"There's no substitute for site visits to palpably experience a place, kick the tires and ask the expert - all in real time. The Grocoff House tour and discussion of zero-energy strategies was very illuminating and helpful."
Douglas Kelbaugh FAIA
Professor and Dean Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Planning
Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
"The Mission Zero House tour provided a detailed look at how one household has made the choice to live a sustainable lifestyle in an energy efficient home. We were able to see firsthand how they save energy in simple, yet intelligent ways, and enjoy a comfortable single family home."
Kasey Vliet, Owner
KASE Builders, LLC
"Innovative Design & Construction"
Thrive Net Zero Energy Consulting Collaborative
The Thrive Net Zero Energy Consulting Collaborative was founded by Matt Grocoff to help move the needle to net zero energy consumption for all buildings, be they residential, commercial, or institutional. Thrive is currently working on several projects helping both individual home owners as well as leading business achieve net zero energy including the Rancho Deluxe residential whole house remodel, Zingerman's family of business, and numerous other enterprises state wide such as the Traverse City Depot Project- a net zero energy neighborhood for Habitat for Humanity. Consider engaging Thrive on your next project where energy conservation is an important component.
Big George's Home Appliance Mart
Big George's Home Appliance Mart has been a family owned, local business in Ann Arbor since 1959. We provide our customers with a wide selection of affordable and premium home appliances, home automation and television, fireplace and mattress products. Our purpose is to exceed expectations through personable service with a courteous and efficient delivery team that is timely with minimal disruption to your time and schedule. We are proud of our repeat and referred customer relationships. We pride ourselves on earning an Energy Star Dealer of the Year Award for the 4th straight year by presenting the benefits of energy efficient appliances. Our building features a green roof that reduces heating/cooling costs, limits storm water run-off, and creates a usable space to celebrate the green movement.