“Walk the Wok” in the Year of the Ox: An “Electric” Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebration

“Walk the Wok” in the Year of the Ox: An “Electric” Chinese New Year Cooking and Ventilation Celebration

This Chinese New Year, Chef Rachelle Boucher of Kitchens to Life shared her tips and tricks for using induction cooking to make traditional Chinese holiday dishes. Boucher has worked with So Fun, a chef who specializes in various Chinese cuisines, to adapt these authentic recipes for induction cooking and ventilation. 

In the Electric Kitchen Workshop, Chef Boucher uses the Elica NikolaTesla Switch cooktop and the Elica Haiku hood for her induction cooking and ventilation demonstration. While the chef prepares a Chinese New Year fish recipe using a wok on her stovetop, Brady Seals from RMI explains some of the health impacts of gas cooking. 

Seals is a Manager in RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings program. Last year, she researched the health impacts of cooking with gas. She notes that 1 in 3 households cook with gas, while 1 in 4 homes are all electric.  

“We know that for the climate and increasingly, for health, we have to find new ways to use energy that are renewable and clean,” said Seals. 

Alex Siow, founder of Zephyr Ventilations, has been working with ventilators and electric systems both nationally and globally. At Zephyr, Siow worked with his team to build hundreds of ventilation products, focusing on air quality in residential kitchens. He explains that large ventilators have become more popular over the years. However, while they can be effective, large ventilators have significant drawbacks. 

“The byproducts are noise and energy consumption,” Siow said. “A lot of the time, you also have this big, bulky, restaurantlooking hood.”  

Another factor in the global scope of using gas cooking is the discrepancies in resources available to communities of different income levels. Brady Seals explains that lowincome communities are more susceptible to the negative effects of gas cooking due to the prevalence of smaller housing units and higher numbers of occupants.  

“The more people who want to learn about this issue and want induction cooking is great,” Seals said, “but we also need policymakers to incentivize it for those who are feeling the effects of climate change emissions already in and around their homes.” 

San Francisco recently instituted a policy that prohibits all new building constructions from using gas cooking appliances. 

“We are helping to raise awareness. This isn’t the electric stove of twenty years ago,” Alex Siow said. 


Learn more about induction cooking and ventilation by watching this webinar at EEBA’s Learning Center here. 

TEAM ZERO Inventory Shows Robust Growth and Pipeline in Zero Energy Housing Market

TEAM ZERO Inventory Shows Robust Growth and Pipeline in Zero Energy Housing Market

The residential Zero Energy (ZE) market continues to grow across the United States and Canada, according to the TEAM ZERO 2019-2020 Zero Energy Residential Buildings Inventory. The study, which shows significant increases in multifamily units and overall energy performance, was released by TEAM ZERO, in cooperation with the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA).

The new report documents an increase in total Zero Energy projects to 27,965 units from the previous 22,146 units in 2018. These single and multifamily units are working to achieve Zero Energy performance in design, construction, and/or operation.

In this survey, TEAM ZERO uses six years of inventory collection to discuss the development of ZE homes with different climates, energy sources, and project scopes. The survey provides findings on Zero Energy residential design and construction activity, including developments in the process of achieving Zero Energy. ZE buildings aim to produce the same amount of renewable energy as they consume through high levels of energy efficiency.

“The almost 28,000 projects provide a proven template for the success of high-performance technologies and building innovations being successfully adopted today,” said Aaron Smith, CEO of EEBA and Board Treasurer of Team Zero.

Additional findings include:

Multifamily projects comprise 75% of the total ZE residential inventory. In the US, multifamily units make up 73% of the country’s ZE stock, a notable increase from 67% in 2018. Canada maintained its 90% share of multi-family projects in its total ZE inventory.

Findings show a significant rise in overall energy performance. The ZE category grew by more than one-third over the past year from 29% of units to 38.6%, the majority of which are ZE-ready.

In 2019-2020, California grew its lead in the number of ZE projects (10,959 units) and Colorado increased its ranking from 7th to 5th place (1,311 units).

For the first time, TEAM ZERO’s inventory report incorporates data related to fuel types, energy system analysis and “Off-Grid” homes.


In 2020, TEAM ZERO, formerly the Net Zero Energy Coalition, joined forces with the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) with the shared goal of sustainable market transformation towards a Zero Energy future.

For over 35 years, EEBA has provided the most trusted resources for building science information and education in the construction industry.

Read about the EEBA TEAM ZERO alliance here.

To learn more about memberships, donations, and sponsorships, visit TEAM ZERO and EEBA.