Seven Springs Speaker Spotlight: Nathan Kipnis, Green Architect

| 8/1/2011 8:49:21 AM

Get to know Nathan Kipnis of Kipnis Architecture + Planning. 

What are you going to speak about at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR? 

I have two presentations that I am giving.

The first is a lecture entitled Solutions for Living in the Post Peak Era. It is a subject that I have been interested with for a very long time. The lecture looks at how we used to live prior to to the influence of cheap oil, what happened once we found cheap oil and, most importantly, how are we going to transition to a world with limited, expensive oil. This presentation looks at the impacts of life in a post peak era from the largest community level down to the details of individual homes. I am in the process of writing my first book which is based on the content of this lecture.

/uploadedImages/Blogs/Mother_Earth_News_Fair/kipnis.jpgThe second lecture is about how people go about designing and building a sustainable home. Building a home is very likely the most expensive thing one does in their lifetime, and there is not a good way to undo any problems that arise during the design and construction. It is best to get a good understanding of what is involved and set your expectations realistically. This is especially true when trying to build sustainably, from selecting a site, putting together the design and construction team, dealing with financing of the project, and then actually building the home.

The particular emphasis in this lecture will be how to make the home as sustainable as possible during this process so you end up with the house you really wanted. You might not be able to accomplish every goal, so how do you prioritize these goals?

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