Z+ featured in U Matters

Got quoted about the Zero+ Project in a UMN fundraising email:

Greener Design, Inside and Out

Truly sustainable architectural design requires a comprehensive vision for both the building and the environment around it. Enter the U of M’s Zero+ Campus Design project. “We want to help landscape architects and urban designers make cities and neighborhoods more energy efficient,” explains Barry Lehrman, a Zero+ research fellow and lecturer. To do that, Lehrman and his colleagues focus on “energy modeling,” the process of simulating how much energy a building will use before it is built. By considering things like a row of trees to provide cooling shade or a sloping hill to affect storm water runoff, Lehrman hopes to “generate a critical mass of students and graduates who will think about architecture and landscape holistically.”

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