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  Designing and Building a Net Zero Energy Home

(3 days)

In this three-day course taught by Dan Chiras, Ph.D., green building and renewable energy expert and author of numerous books on these subjects, including The New Ecological Home, The Natural House, The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy, The Solar House, Power from the Sun, and Power from the Wind and others, participants will explore what a net zero energy home is, how to design, and build one.

This course is approved for continuing education credit for LEED-APs through the US Green Buiding Council.

 Topics include:

• What net zero energy means
        • Basic strategies for achieving net zero energy in new and existing homes
        • Detailed strategies for reducing energy demand
        • Air sealing and insulation

        • Residential  renewable energy options

        • The Passive House Design and Construction

        • Case studies

        • Costs of net zero energy construction
        • Key resources


Who Should Attend? 

  • Individuals interested in entering the home energy efficiency field
  • Energy professionals interested in furthering their knowledge of home energy efficiency
  • Homeowners interested in cutting their energy use, saving money, and reducing their ecological footprint
  • Builders interested in net zero energy homes
  • Architects interested in increasing their knowledge of net zero energy homes
  • Students of architecture and environmental studies
  • Educators wishing to learn more about energy efficiency
  • Building department officials, real estate agents, bankers, and insurance agents interested in learning more about home energy efficiency
  • Green building consultants who want to broaden their knowledge

Instructor: Dan Chiras, Ph.D.

Dates:  May 22 to 24, 2010 in Gerald, Missouri at The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building

Time: 9 am to 5:30 pm


Early Bird Special: $300

Standard Registration: $340

This course is approved for continuing education credit for LEED-APs through the US Green Buiding Council.

Students will receive a copy of The Homeowner Guide to Renewable Energy and Green Home Improvement by Dan Chiras.


To Register: Click Here

Materials Required:
Notepad and Writing Instruments
Lunch and drinks


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