Award-winning Sturgeon Bay architect Virge Temme will discuss high-performance homes as tools to combat climate change Jan. 15, 7 pm, at Bjorklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane in Baileys Harbor. Her talk, presented by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, is free, but free-will donations to support the coalition’s work are appreciated.
Temme will present a range of options for high-performance homes, from those that significantly lower energy requirements to net-zero-energy buildings, which produce sufficient renewable energy on site to offset energy use entirely. She will describe the attributes of these structures, their costs and design strategies, plus national and global trends in building construction aimed at reducing the impact on climate change.
Temme’s practice focuses on environmentally responsible and energy-efficient design. She’s a leader in green design and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects in northeastern Wisconsin and an active member of the United States Green Building Council. She’s been a professional residential designer since 1988. In 2016, she earned the national Women in Sustainability Leadership Award and is a speaker, panelist and author on green architecture and sustainable design.