Housing is a basic human right that too often goes unaddressed on both local and global levels. Whatcom County residents struggle to find affordable or quality homes, and climate change demands an immediate pivot towards renewable energy to build a more resilient world.
These are some of the concerns that Western Washington University’s Advanced Energy Studies program sought to address. During his time as a student at WWU, Kellen Lynch participated in a class where the main emphasis was designing a net-zero energy building. Net-zero energy buildings “produce enough renewable energy to meet [their] own annual energy consumption requirements.”