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.

Boston Architectural College Sustainable Design Program

The online curriculum offered by the BAC is both comprehensive and responsive to each student’s interests and professional goals. Students come into the program from a wide range of backgrounds including design, environmental studies, and liberal arts training. Their courses can be taken individually or as part of an online, four semester, 33-credit Master’s degree program or as part of a 9-credit certificate in Sustainable Design. The 8-week, graduate-level courses are interactive, convenient and taught by industry experts.

Fall 2019 Session 01: August 26 – October 19

  • Greening Existing Buildings  |  SUS2025
  • Global Perspectives on Sustainable Design  |  SUS2016
  • Energy Modeling in Building Design  |  SUS2028
  • Green Practice: Energy and Air Quality Principles  |  SUS2029
Fall 2019 Session 02: October 21 – December 14
  • Sustainable Design and Preservation  |  SUS2014
  • Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities  |  SUS2040
  • Solar Energy: Design with the Sun  |  SUS2017
  • Design for Social Resilience  |  SUS2049
  • Renewable Energy Sources  |  SUS2050
  • Greening the City  |  SUS2026
  • Resilient Design  |  SUS2046

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How to Design and Build Affordable Zero Energy Homes

If you can afford a new home, you can afford a zero energy home. You can build and design a zero energy home that cost less to own from the minute you walk in the door. Bruce Sullivan shows you how.

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EEBA’s High Performance Home Summit

It’s time again for the Energy and Environmental Building Association conference. Through code and conscience, high-performance building is now a reality. Builders in markets all over the country are making high performance the cornerstone of their business plans. In California, builders are seeking methods to meet aggressive state policies and growing consumer expectations.

Builders, raters, analysts, and architects committed to finding solutions for producing high-performance buildings will gather for presentations including the latest in building science, combined with real world application and problem-solving. Topics of special interest include solutions for healthy, resilient and affordable high performance and Zero-Energy Homes:

  • Defining, building and selling a Healthy Home
  • Healthy HomeResilience in the Built Environment
  • Impact of Policy, Code and Title 24 on Design and Construction
  • Building the Home of the Future with Innovation, Cost Efficiencies and Sustainability
  • Water Efficiency & Conservation

Denver, Colorado

October 1, 2019 - October 3, 2019

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Getting to Zero National Forum

The 2019 Getting to Zero National Forum will bring together leading policymakers, design professionals, building owners, systems manufacturers, commercial real estate representatives, and others to share perspectives on the growth of ZE, learn about best practices for successful projects and collaborate on opportunities for ZE to transform the built environment. This solutions-focused conference is maximized for knowledge building to design tangible solutions that will expand on growing innovation and sophistication of the building industry to accelerate and broaden efforts to deliver zero energy and zero carbon buildings at scale for both commercial and residential sectors.

Oakland

October 9, 2019 - October 11, 2019

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Smart Ventilation & Smart Air Distribution Webinar

The webinar compares air quality and energy efficiency of a smart ventilation system (CERV2) to a high performance HRV (90%) system that follows ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standards in a modern IRC (International Residential Code) home (ACH50=3) and a high performance home (ACH50=0.6). The impact of air distribution on ventilation system performance is presented. Comparisons are made between “one-and-done” (HRV/ERV) ventilation systems and smart ventilation systems with air recirculation and zone monitoring and control. After attending, you will wonder why anyone would use ASHRAE 62.2 one-size-fits-all, odor-based ventilation standards.

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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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Battery Capacity – The Basis of Storage – Self Study

Students who enroll in this free lecture will:

  • Be able to properly define battery capacity
  • Define amp-hours and watt-hours
  • Learn about the active elements of a battery and how they affect capacity
  • Learn how battery capacity is measured
  • Learn what discharge rates are, how they affect capacity, and how to convert one rate to another
  • Encounter the vagaries of the Peukert constant
40 Minute Lecture VideoView the 40-minute streaming lecture video as soon as you enroll.

Q+A Call Recording

After viewing the lecture video, you can download the MP3 recording from a 1-hour live Q+A call with Christopher LaForge.

Self Paced Online 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.

Access Information And Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn A Certificate Of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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