Most new homes built in the U.S. today aren’t all that different from those built 30 years ago, despite rapid technological advances. Using a holistic approach to design, Acre has created beautiful, high-performance net-zero energy homes that produce all their own power, yet cost less than standard construction. Through careful research and engineering, Acre has integrated and refined a combination of systems that work together to achieve extreme levels of efficiency and user comfort. The company utilizes flatpack technology, design for manufacturing, and their patent-pending zeroBOX to deliver advanced housing for less. In her talk, Jennifer will describe these homes, and the benefits that come to users who purchase them.
Jennifer Dickson is Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer of Acre Designs, a startup delivering zero-energy smart homes. Jennifer received a Bachelors in Architecture from the University of Kansas, and practiced in the Kansas City area for a decade designing commercial, retail and residential projects with a focus on sustainability. In 2014 she founded Acre with husband and industrial designer, Andrew, and builder Don Newman. In 2016 they moved to the Bay Area to participate in Y-Combinator and launch to the west coast. Jen is driven to find elegant design solutions, honest materials, and inspiration on hikes with their two young daughters.