Zero Energy Home Site Visit

Gain a behind-the-walls look at the features and benefits of 'Zero Energy' homes

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Join Earth Advantage for a guided, behind-the-walls live webinar tour of Noyes Development homes that earn Energy Trust of Oregon EPS® and Earth Advantage Zero Energy Ready certification. 

Hear directly from Mike Frey of Noyes Development Co. and Stephen Aiguier of Green Hammer as they explore the under-construction details and features that go into these homes and learn how Noyes Development communicates the benefits to homebuyers. 

This pre-recorded tour takes place at Noyes' Highland at North Bethany subdivision where all homes provide outstanding 'Zero Energy Ready' performance thanks to construction approaches and systems that significantly reduce power demands and allow rooftop solar PV to supply all the energy that will be needed for the homes. The average Zero Energy Ready home is 30% more efficient than a code-built home and when equipped with solar can generate as much energy on site as it will use over the course of a year, making it essentially require zero energy.

Normally an in-person on-site tour, we've adapted this delivery to live webinar format which will include: 
  • 9AM - 10AM | Pre-recorded video of a behind-the-walls tour with instructor, Stephen Aiguier of Green Hammer, and builder, Mike Frey of Noyes Development.
  • 10AM - 10:30AM | Live Q&A with the builder, Mike Frey.
The home on the tour will feature several highly efficient and healthy home characteristics, including:
  • Advanced building envelope and air tightness (1.3 ACH, super insulation, raised heal truss, advanced framing)
  • High efficiency mechanical systems (11 HSPF ducted heat pump, heat recovery ventilation, .96 tankless water heater)​​​​​​
  • Horizontal duct system located within the conditioned space
  • Super windows (.24 u-value, fourth surface low-e coating)
  • Healthy home features (balanced ventilation, MERV 13 filters, garage exhaust fan, low VOC, green label carpets)
  • Durability aspects (rain-screen wall system, enhanced flashing details, cement siding, insulated doors)
  • Water conservation measures (efficient toilets/faucets, ENERGY STAR appliances, smart irrigation)
  • Solar ready installed

Special Guests

Stephen Aiguier, Founder & President of Green Hammer
Stephen founded Green Hammer in 2002, evolving the business into a full service design-build firm committed to advancing the highest standards for green building. A Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) and building science expert, Stephen has been involved with many of the first residential and commercial Passive House buildings in the Pacific NW. He first began teaching EA's 6-month Sustainable Homes Professional (SHP) course in 2010 and over that time has led hundreds of industry professionals to design and build high performance homes. Stephen has been invited to speak in front of thousands of people at every major green building conference in the U.S., and he regularly blogs for the Daily Journal of Commerce and Sustainable Business Oregon.

Mike Frey, Vice President of Noyes Development Co.
Mike drives the vision for home construction and oversees the general operations for Noyes Development, a high-end Portland area spec builder known for high performance construction methods and Zero Energy/Zero Energy Ready homes. Mike loves houses. Be it house plans, interior design, building science, or project planning, he is passionate about providing amazing homes for people. He is an advocate for better building practices and ensures Noyes homes are healthy, comfortable, durable, efficient, and sustainable. Mike is the Vice Chair of the Home Performance Council at the HBA of Metropolitan Portland, a member of the EEBA Builder Benchmark Group, and participates in the Willamette West Habitat for Humanity Construction Committee. 

Learning Objectives
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  • See behind-the-walls high performance building features included in 'Zero Energy Ready' homes
  • Understand the difference between a code-built home and a 'Zero Energy Ready' certified home
  • Translate energy efficiency into health/comfort/savings/durability benefits that will resonate with different homebuyers
  • Gain knowledge that helps you communicate the value of zero energy to clients

When & Where
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (PST)

Live Webinar

CEs & Cost
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Continuing Education
OR CCB: 1.5 CEs
AIA LU/HWS: 1.5 CEs 
ICC: 0.15 CEs
OR REA: 1.5 CEs
Earth Advantage Broker Renewal: 1.5 CEs
​Accredited Green Appraiser Renewal: 1.5 CEs

Course Fee
FREE - RSVP required

*This training made possible in part by Energy Trust of Oregon


Questions? Contact the Education Team at or (503) 968-7160 x60.

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Architects, Builders/Contractors, Code Officials, Developers, Home Energy Score Assessors, Program Representatives, Raters/Verifiers, Real Estate Professionals, Subcontractors

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Stephen Aiguier
Stephen Aiguier: Stephen founded Green Hammer in 2002, evolving the business into a full service design-build firm committed to advancing the highest standards for green building. An SHP, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), and building science expert, he has been a pioneer of Oregon’s green building movement and has been involved with many of the nation's highest scoring LEED Platinum Homes and first residential and commercial Passive House buildings in the Pacific NW. Stephen has been invited to speak at every major green building conference across the country and he has taught the SHP course annually since 2010.


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