Zero energy homes (ZEHs) are a big part of the future of the home building business. While the materials and equipment to reach zero energy are available, designers and builders must create a bundle of energy-efficiency features that matches their climate, customers, and business constraints. This 7-hour class lays out numerous elements of zero energy design and construction, so that building professionals can formulate a package appropriate for their situation. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Students in this class will learn design principles, equipment options, emerging technologies, material selections, and construction practices that can be integrated into their building process. Strong emphasis is placed on ways to make the final product affordable for homebuyers. Sales and marketing ideas are also presented.
It’s generally accepted that improvements to the thermal envelope are fundamental. These include high levels of insulation, reduction of thermal bridges and advanced air sealing. However, significant efficiency improvements in heating and cooling equipment and the rapid drop in the cost of rooftop solar electric systems offer new options for cost-effective efficiency packages. There have never been so many ZEH options to choose from. This course gives building professionals the knowledge to build ZEHs that are affordable, durable, safe, healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable to live in.
The material is organized into 12 easy steps:
Each step describes the most recent developments with a strong emphasis on affordability. Other topics include: housing market drivers, ways to assess and communicate economic benefits, along with marketing and sales concepts for zero energy homes.
As a result of attending this class, participants will be able to:
The following sessions are scheduled and open for registration:
The following are our targeted locations for 2019. Dates and details are coming soon:
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