Zero Net Energy Homes


Marc Rosenbaum’s ‘Zero Net Energy Homes’ has helped students produce more than 200 zero net energy home designs since 2011, many of which have been built. We write regularly on this increasingly popular topic.

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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||

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 […]

Grow Your Green Building Skillset Online — From Design to Retrofits

From building science to retrofits, energy modeling, smart homes, and beyond, HeatSpring offers a comprehensive marketplace of green building courses. Join your expert instructors for weeks of top notch technical training.

Deep Energy Retrofits – Upgrade existing residential and commercial buildings up to 45,000 square feet. From building assessment to heat and airflow calculations and beyond, you’ll […]