Assembling the Zero Net Energy Home
9:00am - 12:00pm
What is a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) building? What are its ingredients? What does it take to build one? How would I assemble a ZNE construction team? This three-hour course hosted by PG&E will address these questions and present how ZNE buildings reduce dependence on fossil fuels and mitigate the rapid pace of global warming. Attendees will examine basic laws of physics and thermodynamics and learn to apply them to create an interior environment of thermal comfort and pleasant air quality.
Using residential case studies and on-site work situations, this class will lay out the path, process, and parts needed to build, or convert an existing home, to ZNE home.
The objective of this course is that at the conclusion, participants will:
- Provide examples of how the passive and active systems that comprise a ZNE home
- Name at least 2 or more financing mechanisms that support ZNE construction or retrofits
- Describe building science fundamentals that optimize a home’s performance
- Detail critical mechanical systems and end-use appliances that greatly improve a home’s efficiency
- Create an energy resilience strategy for a home with solar PV and battery storage