President, d-v design
Zero Energy Homes
Monday, November 18, 2013
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Huitt-Zollars Pavilion, Embrey 115
Energy consumption of all buildings in the US grew to 41.7% of the nation’s energy usage in 2012. American homes alone contributed 21% to this number. Now imagine reducing this consumption to 0%.
This presentation will focus on the design and construction of residential homes that produce the same amount of energy they consume. We will examine several case studies and discuss the basic elements of the ZEH – passive solar design, house envelope, conventional and alternative energy sources, and more. We will also address both the opportunities and challenges created by the operational environment – contractors, real-estate agents, consumers, culture and politics, and will contrast the US and European systems.
Short Biography: Dragana Vlatkovic is the President of d-v design, and has over 17 years of experience in interior design, architecture and structural design. She worked as a lead designer for big national firms before opening up her own design company. Since founding d-v design, her work has been exclusively focused on the design and construction of smaller size homes for owners wishing to grow-in-place with flexible living arrangements. Her expertise is in advanced concrete and wood building methods, that include the use of prefabrication. Dragana is a regular guest speaker at Union College and teaches courses on sustainable and universal design at SUNY (State University of New York) and HVCC (Hudson Valley Community College). She is a member of AIA (American Institute of Architects), AEE (Association of Energy Engineers), Citizens Environmental Coalition, Building Green, U.S. Green Building Council and many other organizations. She is also actively involved in many community projects dedicated to affordable housing. Dragana received her BS in Structural Engineering and MS in Structural Engineering/Prefabricated Building Systems from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received her Interior Design Certification from the New York School of Interior Design.