Learn the basics of design and construction for Zero-Energy Building (ZEB) and Near ZEB for new construction & existing homes and buildings. These "green" buildings not only reduce our carbon footprint by saving energy, but are also extremely comfortable, quiet, healthy, and affordable when planned correctly. Participants will gain an understand of what it means to set ZEB Energy Use Goals for projects, how to plan for achieving ZEB goals without reducing function, and how to achieve ZEB construction at the lowest cost.

This course will cover the fundamental subjects for achieving ZEB, including principles of life safety, fundamentals for healthy homes, principles of heat loss/gain, principles of insulation performance, principles of pressure plane integrity (air-leakage control), and the use of modeling tools and methods for determining paths to success. Discussions will include: functionality and durability; construction assembly choices that impact efficiency and cost; how design layout impacts HVAC systems' cost and plumbing costs; solar gain impact on buildings' inside living spaces; bulk water management; moisture management; fresh air management; and how capital investment will eliminate annual expenses to achieve a "return on investment" that is a net or positive cash flow from day one.

Course start time: Saturday, 9am
Course end time: Sunday, 5pm

Reviews:

"I have 20 years of experience in construction and was able to come to this class and learn even more than I expected."

 

  • Competency Level: All Levels
  • Sterling College credits: 1 Continuing Education Unit ($130 additional)
  • Vermont Technical College credits: 1 College Credit ($60 additional)
  • AIA credits: 14 HSW Learning Units

Course Outline

Current state of residential design
Future energy opportunities and limitations
Choosing a pathway to the future
Lessons learned from the first generation of super insulated and net zero homes
Existing buildings

  • Where does the heat go?
  • Energy saving priorities

Super Insulation

  • Goals
  • Benefits

Insulation types and performance

  • Earth based
  • Fiber
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Plastic

Heat transfer and installed performance

  • Conduction: R-Value
  • Gaps and voids
  • Thermal bridging
  • Convection
  • Radiation and comfort
  • Air leakage paths and air sealing
  • Blower door and air barriers

Vapor barriers and moisture movement

Roof ventilation, ice damming and unvented roof assemblies
Sound control and fire resistance
Warrantees
New Construction

  • Design factors
  • Framing, corner and header details
    • Advanced framing
    • Staggered walls
    • Strapped walls
    • Double walls
    • Larson truss walls
    • Internal and exterior foam sheathing
  • Selecting windows
    •  Orientation and window types
  • Foundation types and insulation
  • Roof insulation details
  • Lighting and appliances
  • Ventilation systems
  • Heating systems and loads
  • Super insulation costs and payback
  • Common construction blunders

**Note:  
Extra Curricular Activity open to all interested.
Those in the course who are planning a new construction or existing home they intend to be ZEB or Near ZEB, consider submitting your projects in advance to be chosen for a complete analysis and generation of specifications to achieve Near ZEB. All those interested are welcome to meet for 2 hours immediately after Saturday dinner, when instructor John B. Unger Murphy will review the analysis and specifications with the owner/designer/builder. If no home projects are available from course participants, then Mr. Unger Murphy will bring a current project to review with all interested.

 

Start Date: November 23, 2013
Closed
Start Date: August 2, 2014
Duration: 2 Days
Instructors:
Tuition: $350
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