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Net Zero Energy Building: Is It Possible And Affordable? (CCL940Z)

  • Product Format
    Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
    Dan Chiras
  • Conference Date
    Thu, September 4, 2014
  • Length
    60 minutes

How To Design A Net Zero Energy Building

Net zero energy can be achieved by “throwing” money at a building project to pay for large renewable energy systems (that make up for less than optimum design) or by intelligent, climate-sensitive, superefficient building design that incorporate as much natural conditioning as possible. In the latter approach, the goal is to find ways to dramatically and creatively reduce slash energy consumption while enhancing comfort, utility, and health.

The more you know about renewable energy technologies and energy-efficiency measures, the better the chances of achieving net zero at an affordable price. This webinar by Dan Chiras will help you understand what net zero energy really is, what it requires of us and ways to achieve these goals that don’t break the bank.

In this program, you will learn

  • How to design a net zero energy home
  • How much insulation will you need
  • How to design the building envelope to ensure adequate insulation
  • What are your framing options
  • How careful do you need to be with air infiltration and bridging loss
  • What renewable energy technologies make the most economic sense
  • Is a net zero energy building possible

Benefits of the session

  • Learn how to run the math on a net zero energy home – that is, how to determine how much surplus electricity one will need to produce to compensate for fossil fuel energy like natural gas or propane
  • Understand strategies for dramatically reducing fossil fuel use
  • Get creative strategies to eliminate bridging loss
  • Find out how to superinsulate a building without adding a lot of cost
  • Understand how to passively heat and cool a building and provide natural daylighting

Who should attend

  • Architects
  • Builders
  • Developers
  • Students of architecture
  • Homeowners looking to build a net zero energy home
  • Structural engineers
  • Energy consultants
  • Home energy efficiency consultants
  • Green building advisors
  • Code officials

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Dan Chiras is director of and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building in east central Missouri where he teaches numerous workshops on residential renewable energy, includi...More Info

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