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How to Cost Effectively Build Zero Energy Homes (2-part series)

November 13 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Friday, repeating until November 13, 2020


Eliminate barriers to ZE home construction and earn a ‘Zero Energy Professional’ designation

Join EEBA and Earth Advantage for this two-part webinar series on affordable Zero Energy (ZE) home design and construction in Oregon. Learn how to eliminate common barriers to Zero Energy (ZE) home construction, benefit from the rapid trend towards ZE, and earn a ‘Zero Energy Professional’ designation.

Zero Energy (ZE) homes are a big part of the future of homebuilding business. While the materials and equipment to reach zero energy are available, designers and builders must create a bundle of energy-efficiency features that matches their climate, customers, and business constraints. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. This training will layout numerous elements of zero energy homebuilding so professionals can formulate a unique package appropriate for their situation:

  • Friday, November 6 @ 12PM – 3PM (PDT)  Intro to ZE, Affordability, Design, Site Orientation, Energy Modeling, Certification Programs, Oregon Case Studies, Local Market & Policy Development, Air Sealing, & Insulation. Guest speaker: Dream Home Building and Design LLC
  • Friday, November 13 @ 12PM – 3PM (PDT) – Windows, Mechanical Ventilation, Heating & Cooling, Water Heating, Lights & Appliances, Renewable Energy, & Incentive Programs. Guest speakers: Earth Advantage & Energy Trust of Oregon 
  • Optional Extended Q&A @ 3PM – 3:30PM (PDT) – Offered both days. Will be recorded and provided to participants. 

Participants in this training will learn design principles, equipment options, emerging technologies, material selections, and construction practices that can be integrated into their building process. Strong emphasis is placed on ways to make the final product affordable for homebuyers. Other topics include: housing market drivers, localized resources, Oregon case studies, incentive programs, ways to assess and communicate economic benefits, and next steps to put principles into practice.

This training has been designed for Central Oregon building industry professionals and will include information on geographically specific case studies and programs, however audiences from outside Central OR will find value in the content and are welcome to attend. Additional EEBA trainings in other regions can be found here.

‘Zero Energy Professional’ Designation
Participants will have the opportunity to earn EEBA’s ‘Zero Energy Professional’ designation and be listed on EEBA & Earth Advantage registries of accredited professionals. To earn the designation, attendees must pass a designation exam and have completed and passed prerequisite trainings.

12 Steps to Affordable Zero Energy Design & Construction
It’s generally accepted that improvements to the thermal envelope are fundamental. These include high levels of insulation, reduction of thermal bridges and advanced air sealing. However, significant efficiency improvements in heating and cooling equipment and the rapid drop in the cost of rooftop solar electric systems offer new options for cost-effective efficiency packages. There have never been so many ZE options to choose from. This course gives building professionals the knowledge to build ZE homes that are affordable, durable, safe, healthy, energy efficient, and comfortable to live in.


November 13
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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