My name is Nils Davis. In my day job, I'm a product manager at a software company - my product is for other product managers, so my job is very "meta." I have a technical and marketing background and love the world of technology.
But I'm also a budding green building maven. My particular focus is zero-net energy homes and the associated technologies, practices, policies, and legislation. My BHA goal is to that by 2018, 100% of California's new homes will be zero net energy. This will require big changes in building practices to make homes much more energy efficient (such as using the passive house approach), significant reduction in the cost of energy generation capabilities like solar photovoltaics, and market-readiness for electricity storage capabilities like home-scale hydrogen fuel cells.
You can probably trace my interest in green building back to my childhood on a farm in northern Sonoma County in California. We built our own houses, heated our (outdoor) shower water with a solar collector, raised most of our own meat and vegetables, and in general lived a "low energy intensity" life. I now love living in the city, in close proximity to an excellent cafe, a bookstore, and lots of restaurants, but I still try to live by that "doing more with less" ethos.
My other interests (and I have too many!) range from swing dancing, to wood working (see my turned hardwood and acrylic pens at my
You can reach me at nils at-sign barrier-busting dot com, or at nils at-sign nilsnet dot com, or even at nilsdavis at-sign yahoo dot com.
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