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 andĀ 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 […]

Deep Boreholes in GSHP Systems: Pressure Considerations & Installation Practices

Factors such as space limitations are forcing engineers to utilize deep boreholes to meet design requirements for Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) systems.
In such cases, hydrostatic pressures must be considered to ensure successful installation can take place. This short course, led by expert Ryan Carda, P.E., focuses on the necessary calculations along with the recommended […]

Energy Models: Design Tools & Energy Use Simulators

“What is an Energy Model?”
In this brand new free course, P.E. and LEED Fellow Chris Schaffner explains.

Chris describes a variety of methods for modeling building energy consumption. He starts with simple energy estimating tools of increasing complexity and finally arrivesĀ at detailed energy simulations.

A few simple methods are described, and spreadsheets built to use these methods […]