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1st Friday Focus on The Environment: Net-Zero Energy Buildings


Ann Arbor is home to one of the nation's two net-zero energy homes. Its owner is Matt Grocoff. Listen below as Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak talks with Matt about sustainability and moving this area, and the nation, towards a new energy future. 


His home was selected as one of USA Today’s “Best Green Homes of 2010″and The Atlantic called it “sustainable perfection.” It is America’s oldest and Michigan’s first net-zero energy building, meaning it annually produces more energy than his family consumes.  

His work has been featured in two recent books People Habitat: 20 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities;  No Regrets Remodeling and Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy.

Matt is an adviser to the University of Michigan BLUElab team targeting Living BuildingCertificationfor his landmark home.

He has been featured in the pages and on the airwaves of hundreds of media outlets including USA TODAYThe AtlanticWashington Post, Detroit Free Press, Fine Homebuilding, Preservation Magazine, Photon International, Solar Today, Fox Business News, This Old House and countless online magazines and blogs.

Matt is a Living Buildings Ambassador and LEED Green Associate.  Matt is also an accomplished woodworker, amateur behavioral economist, biophiliac, avid sailor, backyard chicken enthusiast, urban farmer, certified California gray whale naturalist, energy geek and . . . a daddy.

Matt is a recovering attorney and producer.  He’s produced or directed over 175 television commercials, short form documentaries and videos and worked with Governors and Presidents.  Matt is a former adjunct lecturer at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan. He received his Juris Doctor from The University of Georgia School of Law.

Information Resource: mattgrocoff.com



Contact David: dfair@emich.edu