Zero Net Energy Buildings


Marc Rosenbaum’s ‘Zero Net Energy Buildings’ has helped students produce hundreds of zero net energy home designs since 2011, many of which have been built.

Comfortable, Resilient Net-Zero Buildings Aren’t Just Residential

Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center achieved zero net energy building status due to its passive solar orientation, high levels of insulation, airtight envelope and triple glazed windows. The building also includes air source heat pumps, and a 118-kW rooftop solar array capable of generating more than enough energy to meet the center’s needs on an […]

Zero Net Energy Buildings with Marc Rosenbaum is Back!

I am so excited to announce that renowned Zero Net Energy (ZNE) expert Marc Rosenbaum is back with a newly updated version of his best selling Zero Net Energy Buildings course.

It has been a long hiatus since our last session with Marc Rosenbaum back in 2016 but during its run this was one of our […]

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 Buildings||

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 Buildings||

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 […]