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Zero Energy Home Basics: Economics, Minimizing Energy Use, and Renewable Systems - Self Study

Ann Edminster • Last updated 02/2021

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568 students
1 module
1:24 hours
4 assignments

Course description

What are Zero Energy Homes? How are they cost efficient and how do they help significantly lessen energy use? Sustainable building expert Ann Edminster has the answers.

In this course, designed as an introduction to all things Zero Net Energy, Ann discusses...
-- Zero Net Energy definitions
-- Home economic considerations
-- The minimizing of building energy use
-- The minimizing of occupant energy needs
-- Renewable energy systems

Note: This course is built with content from the original Sustainable Building Advisor course.

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Full course outline

Module 1 - Zero Energy Home Lectures

Watch Ann's lectures, parts 1 & 2, then 3, 4 & 5.

  • Lecture: Zero Energy Homes Goals, Definitions & Economics (34:04 minutes)
  • Lecture: Minimizing Building Energy Needs and Occupant Energy Use + Renewable Energy Systems (50:39 minutes)


Ann Edminster

owner/founder, Design AVEnues LLC

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch, founder/principal of Design AVEnues, is an expert residential net-zero energy consultant, green building teacher, speaker, and author. She consults with builders, developers, software startups, design firms, investors, utilities, public agencies, and homeowners, providing unmatched knowledge of sustainable and regenerative design and... Learn more


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by pat treadwell 12/31/2020

thank you for the course it was very inpiring to obtain ZNE home

by kevin krupa 07/03/2020

We all know these energy saving techniques but not all brought into one place and Compared and Prioritized!

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