Minimum Requirements To Complete This Course - Due December 13th
Complete all of these required steps to earn 'Net Zero Energy Homes Certificate'. You'll also earn the enduring respect of your classmates and instructor, and have a portfolio of designs and calculators to show off and use on future projects: 1) Watch 100% of the video presentations 2) Submit 90% of the Homework Assignments 3) Complete Your Final Design Project. Note: We're going to ask you to use Excel!
WELCOME - Orientation Materials
Enrolling in this course gives you access to all of the online course materials immediately. You will receive a welcome packet in the mail with your textbooks within a week. This course is SELF-PACED, so you don’t need to be ‘logged in’ at any specific time. Expect to dedicate an average of 5 hours per week, but you can work ahead or catch up if you fall behind. Keep in mind that I (your instructor Marc) will be there to answer your questions and help you learn for the duration of the course. I will not be on duty outside the course dates, so ask all your questions while we're in session. You will also have access to all of the online materials for a full year.
WEEK 1 - What is a Zero Net Energy Home, Energy, Solar Energy
TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE: Distinctions and definitions, Advances that support widespread implementation. Key components of a ZNEB: Solar orientation, shading, glazing %, Superinsulated building envelope, High R, high SHGC glazing, Airtight construction, Efficient appliances and lighting, Efficient DHW technologies and generation, Heat/energy recovery ventilation, Minisplit heat pumps, ZNE occupants. What is Energy, How Much do Houses Use, Where Does it Go & How Much Energy is in Sunshine?
WEEK 2 - Methods of Heat Transfer & How They Occur in Houses, How to Calculate a House's Heat Loss, Moisture, Vapor Flow, Dewpoint
We'll cover the methods of heat transfer, and learn to calculate the design heat loss of a house. We'll look at moisture transport in buildings, vapor diffusion, dewpoint, and mold.
WEEK 3 - How to Design, Specify & Test the Air Barrier, Thermal Bridges
We'll cover how to design, specify, and test air barriers. We'll look at the concept of thermal bridging and learn how to calculate the true R value of an assembly.
WEEK 4 - Foundation Construction Strategies, Wall Construction Strategies, Roof Construction Strategies
This week we'll look at construction approaches for superinsulated foundations, walls, and roofs.
WEEK 5 - Windows and Glazing, Solar Electric Systems, Lights and Appliances
We'll look at the performance of glazings and windows and the types of windows that are available. We'll cover solar electricity systems and how much energy these systems produce. This week rounds out with a look at efficient lighting and appliances.
WEEK 6 - Heat Recovery Ventilation
This week is all about heat and energy recovery ventilation - the need for ventilation, the basics of system design, what products are available, and the fine points of these systems.
WEEK 7 - Heating and Cooling
We'll cover heating and cooling, showing system approaches for heating, cooling and ventilation together. We'll look at the equipment available for low load homes, focusing on minisplit heat pumps.
WEEK 8 - DHW and Solar Thermal
This week is all about domestic hot water (DHW) - how to calculate loads, how to minimize DHW energy, and equipment available to make DHW efficiently, including a look at heat pump water heaters and solar thermal hot water.
WEEK 9 - Degree Days and Energy Modeling
We'll cover the concept of heating degree days and how to calculate them, then dive into combining what we've learned into an annual energy use model for the house, and sizing the solar electric system to achieve zero net energy.
WEEK 10 - Capstone Project: Design a Zero Energy Home
It's time to put what you've learned into practice. Our capstone assignment is to design a zero energy home for a residential new construction project. There are several case studies as resource guides as you work through your own design.
AFTER THE TRAINING - Tools and Resources for Continued Success
We've covered tremendous ground over the past ten weeks, but you're going to need a life-line for support as you put these ideas into practice - that's what NESEA provides you as a new member. Take a minute to learn about the opportunities available through NESEA, and remember that you'll have access to this the course page and Homework Portal for the next year.
Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities which connect us to the natural world, and support both personal and planetary health. He brings this vision, experience and commitment to a collaborative design process, with the goal of profoundly understanding the interconnections between people, place, and systems that generate the best solution for each unique project. Design practiced at its highest level goes beyond efficiency and conservation to create places that regenerate and nurture the natural world and all of its inhabitants. Current areas of concentration include Passive House design, Deep Energy Retrofits, and Net Zero Energy buildings. Projects of his have won awards from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA – four times a winner), ASHRAE (twice a winner), and the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA). Three of his projects have been on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Earth Day Top Ten list. The French Wing for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests earned a LEEDTM Gold certification, the first LEEDTM certified project in New England. In his practice of sustainable design consulting, he has worked for institutional clients such as MIT, Vermont Law School, Yale, Dartmouth College, Cambridge School of Weston, and Middlebury College; non-profit clients such as the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and the Woods Hole Research Center; commercial clients such as Stonyfield Farm, Inc., Tom’s of Maine, and the Hanover Consumer Co-op; cohousing groups such as Pioneer Valley, Pine Street, Island Cohousing, Peterborough, Cobb Hill, and Alchemy Farm; with many architects including William McDonough Architects, Maryann Thompson Architects, Kaplan Thompson Architects, Solar Design Associates, Bruner Cott Associates, Coldham & Hartman Architects, Moore Ruble Yudell, and Payette Associates.
He has been published in ASHRAE Journal, Fine Homebuilding, Northeast Sun, Solar Today, Journal of Light Construction, and Northwest Builder, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Environmental Building News. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable design and has been a featured presenter at many conferences, with audiences that include architects, engineers, construction professionals, facilities managers, planners, educators, utility professionals, and those working in the public sector. An experienced and enthusiastic teacher, he has trained thousands of professionals and especially enjoys working with students. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT, where he studied mechanical engineering. He is a licensed engineer in NH, VT, MA, and ME, a Certified Passive House Consultant, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.