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Goal Net Zero Interest Group

Goal Net Zero Interest Group

Learn more about net zero energy design and construction


Goal Net Zero (GNZ) Interest Group discussions are a great follow up for anyone that has attended a past GNZ tour or just wants to learn more about net zero concepts, design, and building science. The group has been meeting monthly. Below are upcoming meetings.

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Each meeting costs $5.00 for dues paying Solar Oregon members and $10.00 for non-members. Payment can be made by cash or check at the door.

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Participants should register for each meeting separately.

Click here to review the 2010 GNZ tour and for file downloads of this tour.

Meeting Time and Location

All meetings will be from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Basement Lecture Room of the Heritage Building, 3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon, 97214. Click here to map location.

Seating is limited, so register early.

Current Scheduled Meetings

Date Topic of Discussion Registration
October 24, 2011 Speaker: Alice Lasher, Firefighter, EMT, and Community Emergency Response Trainer

Topic: In this GNZ interest group session we will look beyond everyday energy issues and talk about how to take charge and prepare for major community wide emergency events.

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(Payment due at the door - $5 for members, $10 for non-members - payable by cash or check.)

November 14, 2011

Speaker: Isaiah Cox, PGE

Topic: For this GNZ interest group session we will look at the concept of Demand Response, and PGE’s newest program, Energy Partnersm – Automated Demand Response.  We will discuss how Automated Demand Response came to fruition, how it works, and what it, and programs like it, could possibly enable in the future (in regards to Goal Net Zero).  Demand Response is an innovative and effective method of engaging customers to be an active participant in our future energy solutions enabled by the Smart Grid.


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(Payment due at the door - $5 for members, $10 for non-members - payable by cash or check.)


These forums are meant to be interactive - with ample time for Q&A.

Future Topics of Discussion


  • What to look for when buying your "starter" goal net zero home
  • Inverters: What is the future? Hybrids? Micro-inverters?
  • New mechanical systems: PV Thermal. Life Breath.
  • Heat recovery Ventilation Systems
  • Site energy vs. Source energy: Why?
  • New insulation systems
  • Case Studies
  • Performance comparisons

Discussion Facilitators

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Alice Lasher
Alice Lasher

Alice Lasher is a professional Firefighter, EMT, and Community Emergency Response trainer. She has a degree in Communications and has been working in the fire service since 1991. She currently serves as an EMT B, Public information and Education Officer, and Critical Incident Stress Manager.  She is also an avid and skilled gardener, and an excellent speaker.



Isaiah Cox

Isaiah Cox

Isaiah Cox is a demand response specialist at Portland General Electric where he manages several programs designed to help customers lower their energy costs by reducing their energy use when demand is particularly high in the region. Most recently Cox rolled out PGE’s newest Energy Partner SM automated demand response program for business customers. Cox holds a degree in construction management from Northern Arizona University and has worked as a construction project engineer in Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii, as well as on a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified dormitory in Portland.  Cox has worked in the utility industry since 2009.  Cox lives in Tigard.

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Comment from attendee of our last GNZ tour

"My compliments to your organization and all of the volunteers who made this event a slam dunk success!  I'm currently addressing my own LEED-H Platinum projects and the information and insight gained from the tours and interviews will prove to be worth its weight in gold."

Nicholas Sukkau, LEED AP BD+C, CSBA
Gresham, Oregon

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