The following conferences, seminars, online courses and webinars provide builders and designers with the knowledge they need to effectively design, build, and retrofit zero energy homes. While some of the offerings do not mention zero energy homes, the principles taught are directly applicable to designing, building, retrofitting and marketing zero net energy.

Conference

RESNET 2019: Go Forward Together

Join the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) in New Orleans for the premier forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy. The conference offers an exceptional range of original content and fresh information for the home performance industry. Check out the pre-conference sessions, too.

New Orleans, LA

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Webinar

Marketing and Sales Solutions for Zero Energy Ready Homes for Builders with Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, DOE

Plan review … energy modeling … field inspections … certification …done! Right? If only it were that simple to successfully transition to zero energy ready homes. The reality is that there’s a lot more involved to successfully marketing and selling high-performance homes. This session presents resources from the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Homes project to help builders more effectively communicate how their homes live better, work better, and last longer. Attendees will learn how to do the following:

  • Use a new language of value instead of technical jargon
  • Easily convey major consequences associated with lower performance homes
  • Translate powerful value propositions
  • Earn recognition as a leading builder of excellence
  • Maximize value recognition in the appraisal process
  • Train in-house sales professionals and real estate agents to more effectively sell high-performance homes

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Online

Selling the Sun: Establishing Value for Solar Homes

Gain a comprehensive technical understanding of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar-plus-storage systems, as well as expert insight on policy, financial models, and emerging markets and opportunities.

An expert in energy storage, instructor Wes Kennedy has been a key team member on some of the world’s most cutting edge solar-plus-storage projects.

This course covers everything from an overview of all types of energy storage technologies, to different battery chemistry pro and con, to applications of solar plus storage at the residential, commercial and industrial level, both on and off grid. Then we spend some time on regulations, codes and policies, then financial models. The course ends up with a capstone project whereby students prepare a complete proposal for one of the applications in the Solar plus Storage space.

Learning Objectives
  • Contemporary applications and equipment for stand-alone off-grid projects
  • Modern grid-connected residential applications
  • Grid-connected commercial and institutional storage markets
  • Applications and technologies for utility-scale energy storage systems
  • Power converters used in modern energy storage systems
  • Financial models emerging to drive the storage market forward
  • Local, state and national policies and programs impacting the energy storage market
  • What is real vs simply marketing hype

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Online

Voice of the Builder – Hot-Dry Climate

There are a select group of leading builders across the country that are delivering a superior homeowner experience with Zero Energy Ready Homes. What business factors drove them to lead, when others wait and watch? What technical solutions allowed them to cost-effectively achieve rigorous guidelines for outstanding home-performance? What marketing messages, tools, and strategies enable them to effectively engage home buyers? What mistakes have they made that you need to avoid? What plans for the future do they have based on all that they have learned?

Don’t miss the answer to these and other questions about the future of housing as the U.S. Department of Energy invites some of its best builder partners and Housing Innovation Award winners from the Zero Energy Ready Home program to share their story with you. For this session, you will be treated to a sampling of Southwestern builders including Mandalay Homes and Palo Duro who will show some of the keys to their success!

Presenters:

Geoff Ferrell, Mandalay Homes

Tom Wade, Palo Duro

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Online

Introduction to Zero Net Energy Homes – Self Study

Marc Rosenbaum, PE

This thirty minute lecture describes what it takes to build zero net energy homes, and provides builders with proof that these homes are more durable, healthier, more comfortable, cost less to own, use more lumber and higher end windows, and benefit our environment.

This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials on your own pace. Enroll in this free course and access a PDF copy of the presentation slides.

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Online

Zero Energy Home Basics: Economics, Minimizing Energy Needs and Use, and Renewable Systems – Self Study

What are Zero Energy Homes? How are they cost efficient and how do they help significantly lessen energy use? Sustainable building expert Ann Edminster has the answers. In this course, designed as an introduction to all things Zero Net Energy, Ann discusses…

  • Zero Net Energy definitions
  •  Home economic considerations
  • The minimizing of building energy use
  •  The minimizing of occupant energy needs
  •  Renewable energy systems

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This course is built with content from the original Sustainable Building Advisor course. This is a self-study, self-paced online course. You can begin instantly upon enrollment and complete the course materials on your own pace.

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Deep Energy Retrofits for Historic Buildings

Historic buildings are a special case in the world of Deep Energy Retrofits, as they bring additional constraints and special structural issues to the forefront. Marc Rosenbaum’s $30 course, (designed for engineers, architects, builders, and owners/operators of historic properties) tackles DER principles and applications for these aged structures.

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Comprehensive Solar Plus Storage

Gain a comprehensive technical understanding of residential, commercial and utility-scale solar-plus-storage systems, as well as expert insight on policy, financial models, and emerging markets and opportunities.  Instructor, Wes Kennedy, is expert in energy storage and has been a key team member on some of the world’s most cutting edge solar-plus-storage projects.

This course covers everything from an overview of all types of energy storage technologies, including different battery chemistry pro and con, applications of solar plus storage at the residential, commercial and industrial level, both on and off grid. Some time is spent on regulations, codes and policies, and financial models. The course ends up with a capstone project whereby students prepare a complete proposal for one of the applications in the Solar plus Storage space.

Available online anytime.

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Online

Zone Pressure Diagnostics: Precise Leak Detection and Measurement in Buildings

Rick Karg’s ZPD tool for building leak detection and measurement, the latest ZPD methods and the meaningful applications of your findings.

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Deep Energy Retrofits – Self Study

Learn how to incorporate transformative energy upgrades in existing residential and commercial buildings up to 45,000 square feet. Forget the theory. This course will fundamentally change the way you approach retrofit projects, while build your network of like minded professionals. Your practice will never be the same.

Learning Objectives
  • How to assess if a house is a good candidate for a DER
  • How energy is used in most houses, and how DERs change that
  • Typical deficiencies of existing homes and how a DER addresses them
  • Heat flow, moisture flow, vapor retarders, and how to perform a simple heat loss calculation
  • Building blocks of a DER—air tightening, foundations, walls, windows, roofs—and the range of approaches that have been successful
  • Heating, cooling, ventilation, and domestic hot water technologies
  • Case studies of successful DERs

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Online

How To Become a Building Enclosure Control Freak and Do Residential Ventilation Right

Learn from industry expert Allison Bailes in this free course on building enclosures and controls. This lecture is designed for engineers, architects, builders, trade contractors, and energy raters.

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