Unless otherwise notified, events listed here will be held at the NREL Education Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO. The Education Center phone number is 303-384-6565.
December 3 - 31, 2013
- Golden, CO
The NREL Education Center is currently undergoing exterior and interior construction work but will remain open to visitors. Certain areas of the building may be closed during construction. If you are planning an upcoming visit, please call the NREL Education Center at 303-384-6565 for up-to-date information. Thank you for your patience.
December 4, 2013, 12:00 - 1:00 MST
- Golden, CO
- Contact: NREL Education Center 303-384-6565
Presented by Bob Westby, Laboratory Program Manager for the NREL Federal Energy Management Program
Food has a large-and largely wasteful-energy carbon footprint (“field to table”). Local growing using greenhouses to extend the growing season helps address this issue. However, conventional greenhouses typically require considerable auxiliary heat to keep crops from freezing on cold nights. The opportunity is to address this heating issue with a “proof of concept” zero energy greenhouse. This presentation will cover the Westby-Moss Solar Green House (SGH) whose design objective is zero energy for all thermal and electric uses while supporting year-round local growing at 7,800 feet. The SGH is a personal project of Bob and his wife Anita. The SGH went into operation earlier this year and its operation has been extensively monitored. The SGH is also a registered candidate for the International Living Future Institute Living Building Challenge Zero Energy certification program.
Bob Westby has more 35 years of experience in the energy field including the private sector at the small business and corporate levels and the public sector at the local, state and national levels. For the last 20 years at NREL, he has been working in support of Department of Defense and the Federal agencies. He is currently the Laboratory Program Manager for the Federal Energy Management Program. Mr. Westby was the Director of Sustainable NREL from 2001-2008 which involved developing NREL’s comprehensive sustainability program. He was the Director of the NREL Energy and Environmental Applications Center for 11 years. This Center was responsible for the cross cutting energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment activities at NREL including the Federal Energy Management Program, International, Environmental and State and Local activities.
- Open to the Public