Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

Greenbuild 2014 Follow-up

By Brent Sauser


Greenbuild 2014 was a great success for NetZeroMax. The night before the start of the convention we were invited by the folks at Big Ass Fans to a private tour of the new Tulane University football stadium. 32 of their 12 foot and 14 foot high quality fans provide the much needed air movement to help stay cool in the heat and humidity of a typical New Orleans summer and fall day. Afterward, we were treated to a wonderful dinner in the French quarter.

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We enjoyed walking the vast convention floor and meeting with many of our established NetZeroMax friends and making new ones along the way. The one that impressed us most, and was awarded the NetZeroMax Award for Innovation and Creativity, went to InfiniteR. InfiniteR is a thermal phase change product that will help to absorb heat at a low temperature and release it at a low temperature. We ended up returning to the InfiniteR booth several times. Please refer to the other posts on NetZeroMax related to InfiniteR. This is a new product and deserves closer investigation.

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NetZeroMax was introduced to another new GreenBuild exhibitor featuring a major component in the fabrication of SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) . . . EZ SIPs. EZ SIPs provides the rigid insulation, complete with a thermal break, to fit into 2×6 frame construction . . . at half the cost of traditional SIPs. EZ SIPs is also featured on a separate NetZeroMax post for your review.


NetZeroMax was very pleased to see Joe Morikawa of Geo Power System return to GreenBuild. We first met Joe two years ago during Greenbuild in San Francisco, and then last year at the Philadelphia Greenbuild convention. Geo Power System provide a practical alternative to mechanical cooling and heating using a variation of geothermal technology. This is a relatively new approach to passive heating and cooling in the USA, but is very common in Joe’s native country of Japan. NetZeroMax applauds Geo Power System for crossing the Pacific to offer this low cost, passive approach to cooling and heating our homes. Taking into consideration that heating and cooling take the biggest bite out of our utility bill, Geo Power System is well worth investigating for new residential construction. Why not give Joe a call (760) 484-2723?


One of the most obvious products missing from the convention was any reference to solar panels or other types of solar installations. The solar industry holds their own convention. Beginning in 2015 NetZeroMax will alternate attending Greenbuild with going to a solar convention. We will then be able to attend both conventions every other year. In 2015 NetZeroMax will be attending a solar convention, but will be in San Diego for GreenBuild 2016. Alternating conventions will provide the best coverage of the newest and lowest cost products, systems, and options that will help us all become that much closer to reaching our Net Zero goals.

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