POSTPONED - How to Cost Effectively Build Zero Energy Homes

Eliminate barriers to ZE home construction and earn a 'Zero Energy Builder' designation

Overview
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Join EEBA (Energy & Environmental Building Alliance) and Earth Advantage for this 1-day training and learn how to eliminate common barriers to Zero Energy (ZE) home construction, benefit from the rapid trend towards ZE, and earn a 'Zero Energy Builder' designation.

Zero Energy (ZE) homes are a big part of the future of 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. Participants 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, as well as localized resources, builder spotlights, programs and next steps will also be presented.
 

'Zero Energy Builder' Designation

Participants will have the opportunity to earn EEBA's 'Zero Energy Builder' designation and be listed on EEBA & EA registries of accredited professionals. To earn the designation, attendees must pass a designation exam and have completed and passed prerequisite trainings. 


12 Steps to Affordable Zero Energy Design & Construction

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 ZE options to choose from. This course gives building professionals the knowledge to build ZE homes that are affordable, durable, safe, healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable to live in.

The material is organized into 12 easy steps:

  1. Start with Smart Design
  2. Orient for Sun Tempering
  3. Optimize with Energy Modeling
  4. Super-seal the Envelope
  5. Super-insulate the Envelope
  6. Select Optimum Window Efficiency
  7. Ensure Clean, Fresh Air
  8. Specify High-performance Heating and Cooling
  9. Heat Water Wisely
  10. Select High-Efficiency Lighting
  11. Choose Efficient Appliances
  12. Use Renewable Energy

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, available incentives, along with marketing and sales concepts for ZE homes.

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Learning Objectives
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Attendees will:
  • Identify factors that are driving the U.S. housing market toward ZE.
  • Name barriers to the widespread adoption of ZE homes.
  • Describe three ways to present the financial benefits of ZE homes.
  • List six affordable ZE features that you can incorporate into your practice.
  • Be invited to bring house specs and evaluate possible advancements along the 12 steps to ZE.
  • Create a marketing and sales messages that your company can use to promote ZE homes.
  • Learn about available Energy Trust EPS incentives through their just released Net Zero and Energy Smart Home offerings.

When & Where
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TBD
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hood River, OR
Hood River County Library
502 E State St
Hood River, OR 97031 (map)

CEs & Cost
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CCB: 7 CEs
OREA: 7 CEs
ICC: 0.7 CEs
BPI: 3.5 units
AIA LU|HSW: 7 CEs
NAHB: 7 CEs
NARI: 7 CEs
NATE:7 CEs
RESNET: 5 CEs

Course Fee
$39 | General Admission (Regularly $175)


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Audience
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Architects, Builders/Contractors, Code Officials, Developers, Program Representatives, Raters/Verifiers, Subcontractors

Instructor(s)
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Bruce Sullivan
Bruce Sullivan: Bruce operates Base Zero LLC to promote greater sustainability in residential construction through training, consulting and direct service to contractors. He has been involved in energy efficient construction since 1983. He has worked for Earth Advantage (EA), Oregon State University Extension Service, Eugene Water & Electric Board and Iris Communications Inc. He has been a primary content developer for EA education programs, including Sustainable Homes Professional certification, Building with Ducts Inside Conditioned Space curriculum and Zero Energy Homes trainings. In 2006, Bruce’s personal high-performance residence was honored with the NAHB Research Center’s EnergyValue Housing Award and the NAHB Green Building Award, and construction on his own zero energy home was completed in 2015.