Best Practice Designs for Cost Effective Approaches to ZNE Commercial Building Enclosures

  • Wednesday, October 03, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117


This class focuses on practical, cost effective ways To achieve Zero Net Energy by offsetting the amount of renewable energy systems through an efficient enclosure system. In recent years "green buildings" have been criticized because their energy performance has not lived up to expectations of their owners. New energy codes, green codes as well as green building programs like LEED put more scrutiny on energy efficiency than ever before. This class focuses on the performance characteristics of new building enclosure approaches and technologies to create enclosures that manage thermal and moisture loads to ensure building durability as well as energy efficiency. Fenestration options, insulation systems as well the importance of a well-designed air barrier system and their installation will be covered. This interactive class is designed to sort through the myriad of envelope choices in order to match the best insulation/air & water barrier system to the type of construction in order too prevent moisture problems and create a more energy efficient enclosure.


1. Select the best insulation system for a given application.

2. Understand how to integrate exterior insulation, with weather resistive barriers, building wraps, flashings and rain screens.

3. Write better specifications regarding insulation installation and air barriers

4. Understand the difference between Water, Air and Vapor retarders , Impacts of intented and un-intended vapor retarders


Steve Easley is an Internationally known construction consultant specializing in energy efficiency and solving building science related problems. He speaks internationally to educate building industry professionals and their trade partners. His work focuses on optimal uses of energy efficient technologies, increasing quality of construction, sustainability, performance, and reducing costly mistakes that lead to construction defects and call backs.

Steve’s mission is to help industry professionals understand and implement technologies that make homes and buildings more energy efficient, durable, healthy and comfortable to live and work in. He has more than 30 years of industry experience with energy efficient technologies and the building industry.

Additional Details


This course is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


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This is a project of the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, which is partially funded by California utility customers and administered by San Diego Gas & Electric® (SDG&E) under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The Center for Sustainable Energy® is a member of the collaborative. Trademarks are property of their respective owners.