Building Science for Cost Effective Approaches to Zero Net Energy Homes

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • SDGE Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117


For a home to achieve zero energy cost effectively, the project approach requires the full integration of disciplines and systems, as opposed to a product-based list of solutions. In this class you’ll learn resource-efficient design and building principles, technologies, products, and performance metrics throughout the development process.

This seminar focus is on an integrated design approach to create Zero Net Energy (ZNE) homes that work and are free of enclosure assembly and common HVAC design mistakes. An integrated design approach means the home needs less energy and can get by with a smaller PV requirements. Steve Easley uses real world examples to demonstrate cost effective methods in overcoming barriers to achieving a highly functional ZNE home. Optimal HVAC equipment design and installation, high-efficiency windows, and mechanical ventilation will be discussed. Steve provides the pros and cons of high-performance options; the building science behind common failure mechanisms and gives advice on problematic materials and methods. The course gives builders the knowledge to build ZNE homes that are durable, safe, healthy, energy efficient and comfortable to live in.


  • Identify factors critical to achieving cost effective zero net energy home design and construction
  • Evaluate and select high performance wall and roof assemblies for zero net energy homes
  • Identify advanced framing, lighting, water heating, and plug load energy reduction techniques


Steve Easley is a 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).

Check-In: 8:30 AM with breakfast and lunch provided

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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.