Green Building

Zero net energy, geothermal heat pumps, hydronics, building science, HVAC engineering, high efficiency boiler systems, passive house. We write regularly on technical issues related to green buildings and offer some amazing free tools to help you stay in the loop.

Building Science, Zero Net Energy, Passive House, and Roofing

Hydronics, Boilers, and Environmental Quality & HVAC Engineering

Renewable Thermal: Geothermal Heat Pumps & Biomass

Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality in Buildings Using Modeling Software

No longer is energy consumption the primary basis for modeling solar projects, says Christopher Schaffner, instructor of HeatSpring’s Energy Modeling in EQuest course. More and more, the focus is on modeling carbon neutrality.

Certain sources of energy have a lower carbon impact, and modeling software can track this impact, says Schaffner, founder of The Green Engineer. […]

February 7th, 2019|Categories: Building Science, Green Building, LEED, Sustainable Building, Zero Net Energy Homes||

With 700 Percent Net-Zero Building Growth Since 2010, You Can Use Energy Modeling Software to Jump on the Bandwagon

The idea of net-zero buildings has been around for years as an alternative to traditional buildings, which now consume about 40% of total fossil fuel energy in the US and the European Union.

However, recently, net-zero buildings have become more popular, says Christopher Schaffner, instructor of HeatSpring’s Energy Modeling in EQuest course. These structures return to […]

January 29th, 2019|Categories: Building Science, Green Building, LEED, Sustainable Building, Zero Net Energy Homes||

Last Chance to Enroll in ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation for Single-Family Dwellings

The ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation for Single-Family Dwellings course begins February 20th and you have until the end of the week to enroll so don’t miss out! This is one of our top rated courses which has earned an impressive 9.1/10 rating from students. Take a look at some of the reviews:

“As an architectural engineer, certified energy […]

February 15th, 2017|Categories: Building Science, HVAC Design||

New Format for Deep Energy Retrofits by Marc Rosenbaum

We’ve just released a new version Marc Rosenbaum’s renowned Deep Energy Retrofits Course. Instead of a scheduled session which happens once a year, this course is now offered as a self-study on demand course which students can begin anytime.

We’ve replaced hand-graded assignments with quizzes and self-study work, which in turn made it possible for us […]

January 21st, 2017|Categories: Building Science, Passive House, Passive House, Sustainable Building, Uncategorized, Zero Net Energy Homes||

Building & Powering an Award-Winning Net Zero Energy Home

Can a home be beautiful, powered entirely by solar energy, use sustainable heating and cooling systems and save it’s owners roughly $3,500 a year? Why, yes it can. Just ask Joanne Coons, who built her award winning, single-family, Net Zero Energy Home in 2010. Sustainable Woman Joanne talks Net Zero standards, efficient appliances and goods, her […]