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Thank You Palo Alto!

About the Building Carbon Zero California Conference

Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman will kick off this conference on

Friday, November 13. Building Carbon Zero will draw attendees

from around California and feature national and international speakers,

as well as state and local experts. More than 15 presenters 

will cover topics ranging from the use of natural materials in

buildings, to new technologies, industry’s influence in lowering

carbon and reports from local occupants of high

performance buildings.


Dig Deeper

The afternoon sessions will dig deeper into economics,

mechanics and data collected on a number of built

Passive House projects located in California. 

Breakout sessions will follow one of two tracks:

Carbon, Efficiency + Photovoltaic or Retrofits and

Large Passive House buildings.


Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in buildings, their related

technologies and impact on our environment, from

architects, designers, contractors and developers to

politicians, policy-makers and local home owners or

climate-change activists.  There is information 

here for everyone.


Find Appropriate Products

Catch a glimpse of innovative building techniques that will

help pave the way for future construction in an era of increasing

environmental pressures from global climate change! A curated

expo features a variety of companies that provide today’s most 

advanced materials, technologies and equipment used to achieve

high-performance buildings while significantly reducing their carbon footprint. 


Join Us!

Friday, November 13, 8 am - 5:30 pm 

Lucie Stern Community Center, Palo Alto

Lunch and refreshments included


Bicycle Tour of Passive Houses

A PedalHaus Bicycle Tour of five completed buildings in Palo Alto will follow on Saturday, November 14.  Palo Alto’s former Mayor, Peter Drekmeier, will join cyclists on this leisurely cruise. All conference attendees are invited to participate in the Pedalhaus Bicycle Tour of high-performance projects on Saturday, November 14, 10 am to 4 pm. 


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ürge-Vorsatz earned her PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley and her Master of Science in Physics from Eötvös University in Budapest. She has served on the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change, and led the buildings-related work for the Global Energy Assessment.


Building Carbon Zero California serves as the Annual Conference of Passive House California



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We’d like to thank all who attended our 2015 Conference and PedalHaus Tour. These events were a great success.  Over 250 attendees participated in the Friday conference and 72 cyclists turned out to visit seven pioneering projects located within the City of Palo Alto.  We’re particularly grateful to our hosts, the City of Palo Alto, plus all our sponsors and vendors who helped make this event possible.



Dr. Diana Urge-Vorsatz’s keynote presentation was broadcast via the web to a live audience in Vienna.  The recording has been saved and may be viewed online here.



All presentations from this event may now be reviewed on the resources page on this website here.  (Presentations from previous ‘Building Carbon Zero’ events are archived on this site here.)


Building Carbon Zero California 2016

Requests to host this event in your city or region are currently being considered.  If you’d like to help host the 2016 Conference in your city, please contact us at or the contact page here.