Zero Net Energy Design Residential

  • Tuesday, July 07, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • WE&T Webinar


Zero Net Energy (ZNE) is a practical goal for designing new buildings. A few years ago, ZNE was aspirational; today it is easily attainable. This class is taught by an energy consultant with deep experience in green building, energy modeling and construction, and who remodeled his own home to be ZNE in 2014 — an experience which brings real-world examples to the classroom. In this lively class, we will alternate between lecture and break-out groups to apply the concepts to real-world problems. Teams will design their own ZNE home and office building using the concepts presented and see the modeled performance of their designs. So, bring your energy for learning about designing homes because this class is not a one-way lecture.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand what ZNE means

  • How the Title 24 energy code has embraced the ZNE concept
  • Learn energy efficiency concepts and systems vital to ZNE
  • How to set project goals and work with a design team
  • How to size a PV array to achieve ZNE
  • How energy modeling should be used to optimize ZNE design
  • Gain familiarity with advanced ZNE topics (such as duck curve, battery storage, EVs, all-electric, green building certifications and the role of occupant behavior)+
Targeted Audience:
  • Architects
  • Building department staff
  • Energy consultants
  • Energy modelers
  • Residential builders, general contractors and trade subcontractors 

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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.