Total Credits: 2 including 2 Minnesota Residential Building Contractor, 2 Minnesota Building Official, 2 Wisconsin Dwelling Contractor
For high-performance, net zero energy homes, it is critical to get the building enclosure and mechanical systems right. While renewable energy can be added or acquired later, it is not as easy to change the overall efficiency of the building enclosure or HVAC system. It is critical to identify cost-effective approaches to get the loads low and efficiencies high. The last segment of this session will explore specific design and technologies strategies that I would select for a Net Zero energy Home today. It all comes down to systems optimization—not spending too much in one area or too little in another—with the goal of keeping the cost of a renewable energy system more accessible and affordable today and in the future.Course Outline
- Other (DHW, IAQ)
- Business Case
- Technical Case
- Program Specifications
- Key Challenges
- Current Successes
- General Design
- Building Enclosure
- Mechanical Systems
"Good intro to building more energy efficient and comfortable homes. The course was well setup and I got through it without any technical issues." Frank Grazzini, Posterity Homes
"This course describes the paths that we should be taking over and above the paths that we are required to take." Tom Barthelemy, Studio 513
After each hour of the course, you will need to take a 10 question quiz. To pass the quiz, you will need to get a score of 70% or higher.
This course has been approved for two hours of MN residential contractor, remodeler and building official continuing education by the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry and includes the required Energy credit, and twohours of WI Dwelling Contractor Qualifier by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services.
If you are eligible to receive continuing education credits, your information will be electronically reported to the appropriate agency within 7 business days of course completion.
Patrick is an associate professor in Residential Energy and Building Systems with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering and serves as coordinator of the Cold Climate Housing Program with the University of Minnesota Extension. He is a lead faculty member for the Residential Building Science and Technology undergraduate degree program and a principal investigator for hydrothermal testing at the Cloquet Residential Research Facility. Currently, Pat is the project lead for NorthernSTAR, one of the Department of Energy’s Building America teams.
Please wait ...