NCRES Speakers Series: Net Zero & Passive House, A Practical Example

We will be joined by Enrico Bounilari of Emu Systems and architect Greg Fisher to discuss the Millhaus project. The presentation will cover the main differences between Net Zero and Passive House, and how the two standards can be combined together to produce dramatically efficient, resilient, and durable buildings regardless of the building use. The Millhaus Project – currently under construction in Fort Collins – will be used as reference to provide specific examples in terms of building components, mechanical systems, and renewables. The implementation of the two standards will be covered over different key metrics of the project, including energy performance, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality.

The presentation will be held at Odell Brewing Company’s taproom at 800 E. Lincoln Avenue in Fort Collins. Doors open at 7 pm with presentation commencing at 7:30 and running through 8:30 pm.

There is a $5.00 entry fee for non-members but the event is Free for CRES Members (includes one complimentary beverage). To join CRES:

About our presenters:

A native of Cavriago, Italy, Enrico is an established expert in the international Passive construction standard. He is well respected for being able to see complicated, cutting-edge data through the lens of practical on-site implementation. He has extensive work experience in Australia, Europe, and North America, with a specialty in building envelope design and analysis. His detailed computer simulations for thermal, hygrometric and economic analyses, are informed by the thousands of hours he has spent on varied construction sites. He is the author of the Emu North American CPHT training textbook, and the lead Trainer for Emu’s CPHT courses since 2017.

Architect Greg Fisher is the founder of Greg D. Fisher, Architect, ( an award-winning firm established in 1993. His practice focuses on simple, progressive, authentic and responsible designs.

Greg’s commitment to sustainability has led him to serve as a founding Steering Committee member of the Northern Colorado Branch of the USGBC, board member of the Institute for the Built Environment, founding board member of CLEAR (Center for Living Environments and Regeneration), founding developer of the LENSES (Living Environments in Natural Social and Economic Systems) framework, and founding board member of the NoCo Rebuilding Network. As well, Greg has been involved with many LEED, Net Zero, LENSES, Passive House and highly sustainable to regenerative-minded projects.

Millhaus is being personally constructed by and will be used as Fisher’s own residence serving as a pioneering example of what is possible in our industry – the beautiful combination of elegant design and measurable high performance.