Peter Amerongen has been designing and building energy efficient houses in and around Edmonton, Alberta since the 1970’s. Since 2007, he has designed and built 11 net zero energy houses (including several that are generating significant surplus energy) in Edmonton. Under his leadership at Habitat Studio, his team has built more than 50 houses with Energuide Ratings of 86 or better (under Canada’s ERS rating system). Peter also designed and built Canada’s first net zero energy affordable multi-family project and Canada’s first net zero energy church in the Edmonton neighbourhood of North Glenora. Net zero energy buildings and retrofits demand careful attention to saving energy in any way possible. This micro focus has left Peter with a profound appreciation for the monumental challenge of preparing all of our buildings for a low carbon future – especially our existing buildings - hopefully in time to avoid catastrophic climate change. As a partner in Butterwick Projects Ltd, Peter is working on a deep energy retrofit of the 59 unit Sundance Housing Co-op in Edmonton. The panelized rejuvenation of this 1970’s townhouse complex is the first built example of the Dutch Energiesprong approach in North America. Peter is an original member of Edmonton City Council’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee and of the CHBA Net Zero Council Management Committee. He is also a Certified Passive House Consultant (PHIUS and PHI) and consults on near zero emissions solutions for other projects.