Affordable ZNE Webinar Series

Best practices to building ZNE homes in an energy and economically efficient way

Affordable Zero Net Energy Design and Construction Training Webinars

Building industry professionals, please join us for our free ZNE webinar series in fall 2021 (dates TBD). Our team will present best practices for designing and building highly efficient and economical zero net energy homes. The classes were developed as part of GTI’s Affordable Zero Net Energy (ZNE) home project, a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of San Joaquin County. The project is sponsored by the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Southern California Gas Company.

Topics will include:

  • Designing to Get to ZNE Within Your Budget
  • High Performance Building Enclosures
  • High Performance HVAC for Affordable Zero-Net-Energy Homes

By attending this series, you will:

  • Become knowledgeable about the means of achieving ZNE affordably
  • Acquire methods and tools to develop high performance projects rather than business-as-usual
  • Learn specific innovations one central-California builder has used to achieve ZNE at costs less than business-as-usual
  • Be able to compare a mixed-fuel approach to ZNE with an all-electric approach, objectively assessing the pros and cons of each
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A ZNE best-practices book was written as part of this project. The book is intended for builder-developers, their purchasing agents, project managers and their major subcontractors. It is also written to assist and inform the support team: architects, engineers, HVAC designer-installers and energy raters. The text assumes the reader is an experienced professional in a position of authority who intends to design, build and market successful zero net energy houses at a sustainable profit.

The houses at Dream Creek were built at very modest cost, and mostly with unskilled volunteer labor. As a result, the designs have been simplified and cost-optimized to the last possible penny, so that ZNE could be reliably achieved at equal or lower costs than past practices. The authors believe that by applying the approaches outlined in this book, profitable market-rate ZNE can be a reality without the often-assumed complexity, waste and cost.

The print version of Real-World ZNE Homes for California - January 2021 can be purchased on Amazon. A free PDF version of the eBook can be downloaded above.

You are invited to register for the complimentary sessions!

Join us free of charge and hear from industry experts. Affordable ZNE is presented on the Zoom Webinar platform. Each 3-hour session is presented in two parts and can be attended on separate days. If your schedule doesn't allow the full three hours in a single day, please register for both dates and log in at your convenience. Each part is approximately an hour and a half in length. Upon registration, we will send an invitation and link that you can add to your calendar.

To be notified of upcoming dates, please contact Yuval Edrey. See more info by selecting a topic below.

Presenter Bios

Ann Edminster Sq

Ann Edminster is a leading international expert on zeroenergy, efficient green homes. Founder and principal of Design AVEnues LLC, Ann consults with builders, developers, homeowners, supply chain clients, design firms, investors, utilities, public agencies, and nonprofits — from local to international organizations.

Steve Easley Sq

Steve Easley is an internationally recognized construction consultant specializing in solving building science related problems and educating building industry professionals and their trade partners.  His work focuses on increasing quality of construction, sustainability, energy efficiency and reducing costly mistakes that least to construction defects and call backs.

Mike MacFarland Sq

Mike MacFarland, Energy Docs owner, has designed and overseen construction on over 20 local deep energy attic retrofits to existing homes. He has trained and mentored hundreds of students toward BPI and higher home performance standards.

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Contact Yuval Edrey with any questions about the Affordable ZNE Webinar series.