Ann Arbor, Mich., May 22, 2012 — Live home energy assessments will be performed at homes throughout the Water Hill neighborhood during Mission Zero Fest, a two-day event offering solutions for living a healthier, more comfortable life with a lighter footprint. Meadowlark Energy and Clean Energy Coalition will be demonstrating energy assessments – also known as energy audits – for old and new homes.
Mission Zero Fest takes place Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ann Arbor’s Water Hill neighborhood, located just northwest of downtown. The home energy assessments will run throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.
The live home energy assessments will give homeowners insight into upgrades and improvements that can be made to boost energy efficiency. Mission Zero Fest co-founder and owner of America’s oldest net-zero home Matt Grocoff said, “Energy audits are the best place to begin if you really want to reduce the energy consumption of a building. The instructional value of how to best prioritize resources can be shown to make homes 10% more efficient than if the same steps are taken without an energy audit.”
The roving energy audits will show many different types of construction and help identify the sources of many common household problems such as: heat loss through exterior walls, attics, and roofs; mold and moisture issues; drafty rooms; cold floors; ice dams; high energy or water bills; and poor air quality. 723 Spring Street, Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified Home will also be on tour.
Mission Zero Fest is a unique event unlike anything that’s been seen before — it’s part sustainability symposium, part environmental exhibition, part green home tour, and part neighborhood block party. While speakers and workshops exhibit the how and why of sustainability, organizations will exhibit an array of green products and services for living a healthier, more comfortable life with a lighter footprint. Food vendors will also be on board to present local culinary favorites to attendees. The two-day event offers grassroots solutions to a complex global problem, designed to inspire a greener, more fulfilling lifestyle in our communities.