green|spaces' NextGen Homes began with a simple question, "Why aren't healthy, net zero energy homes commonly built in our market in Chattanooga, Tennessee?" Builders said "Because no one asks for them." Buyers said "Because it's not available and I probably couldn't afford it if it was." Michael Walton, Executive Director at green|spaces and licensed architect, will provide an overview of his nonprofit's demonstration development of healthy, high-performance homes that produce as much energy as they consume. Most importantly, they built and sold them at market rate.
Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in
Green Building Certificate Institute (GBCI)
Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
American Institute of Architects - AIA (HSW)
Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
State Architect / Builder License may be applicable
Tennessee at Knoxville where he received his Bachelor of Architecture, studied at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland as guest student, then moved to Washington, DC to practice architecture at Envision Design and Perkins+Will. His award-winning work served national environmental non-profits, national tech companies, and mixed-income, mixed use developments in underserved neighborhoods. In addition, he served as an advisor to draft the first Green Construction Code in a major US city as part of the District of Columbia's Sustainable DC Plan before returning to Tennessee in 2014 to take over as the executive director of green|spaces. Currently, Michael focuses the programming at green|spaces as a reflection of the values of its donors and members on the shared responsibility of pushing the envelope of sustainability while simultaneously ensuring the economic, social, and environmental benefits of sustainability are shared equitably throughout Chattanooga and the region. Michael serves on US Green Building Council's Tennessee State Advisory Board, the ACE Mentorship Program Board, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Interior Design Advisory Board and as a regional team leader for the American In regards to products this session.