"After six courses and over 250 participants, I’m convinced self-paced, asynchronous online learning is the way to master and apply new skills and knowledge." —Marc Rosenbaum
This is a 10-week online course taught by Marc Rosenbaum, one of the most popular and best-reviewed speakers at NESEA's BuildingEnergy conference every year. Why? Because he is an engaging speaker, extremely honest, meticulously detailed, and curious by nature. This course is an opportunity to study under Marc for a full ten-week semester, ask him questions, and get specific feedback on your own capstone project. You'll learn key pitfalls to avoid and get numerical guidelines on sizing peak heat loss, glazing amounts, and solar electric systems. You will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of all of the key components of a zero net energy home—envelope, systems, and renewable energy sources—and how they fit together that will empower you to confidently create your own designs. Successful students will complete a full design for a zero net energy home, including an energy model, and earn a certificate of completion.
Learn From A Zero Net Energy Home Expert
Marc Rosenbaum, P.E., is one of the most popular speakers in the building industry today. He built his first superinsulated house in 1978 and has been working on sustainable building projects ever since. The materials in this course are based on his decades of experience and meticulous practice.
Important: Minimum of 30 Students Required To Run This Session
Because teaching this course is a huge amount of work, we require a minimum of 30 students to enroll for the course to run. In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, anyone who has had more than 2 weeks' access to the course will get everything but $295 refunded.
As you work through a series of in-depth design exercises, Marc provides detailed feedback on your work.
Required: Microsoft Excel
Many of the assignments in this course will require the use of Microsoft Excel.
The capstone project for this course is creating a comprehensive zero net energy home plan complete with drawings and energy modeling. Marc provides individual feedback on each submission.
Self-Paced Online Course
This course is self-paced and entirely online. The lecture videos and other materials are available any time, and the instructor responds to student questions through a discussion board during the posted session dates. In order to participate, you will need an Internet connection and an up-to-date web browser. You can earn continuing education credits by completing all course assignments by the session end date.
Supported by Student Advocate – Tom McCormack
In addition to instructor support via the discussion board, students have access to Tom McCormack, HeatSpring's Student Advocate. He is available to answer general questions via email, course discussion board, or chat.
Earn a Certificate of Completion
When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Approved for: 10 GBCI credits (LEED Professionals)
12 PHIUS CPHC CEUs
12 AIA LU/HSW Credits
This was one of the best learning endeavors with which I have been involved. The very complete building science content helped me better understand the concepts I thought I understood or was lacking altogether and reinforced those concepts I did understand. The discussion board format works better than a classroom setting, giving all the time to think and give relevant feedback, ask questions, and see all responses. We all get to look over the shoulders of classmates to see their work. I have been extremely impressed at the efforts of my classmates and strived to do my best in turn. Marc Rosenbaum is a natural educator. His feedback is always constructive, encouraging, thoughtful, and he adds whimsy and humor in the appropriate quantities. I highly recommend this course to anyone who values energy efficiency in buildings.”
- Jamie Fereday, Sol Coast Consulting and Design
Thanks for putting together a great course, Marc. I've been studying building science regularly for several years now, and I really appreciate how comprehensive your course is and how well it integrates the material.”
- Bruce Dichter, Living Homes, Inc.
For those of you looking for a solid foundation in how buildings work and how to design them well, I cannot recommend Marc's offerings enough.”
- Jacob Deva Racusin, New Frameworks Natural Building
Thank you so much, Marc, for all your feedback. Your class has been awesome and exceedingly informative.”
- Meghan Lyman, A3 Architects
Designing the capstone project, getting it to the point where there are effective performance numbers and dimensioned drawings that allow for material take-offs for pricing, has been a fantastic learning experience.”
- Daniel Haedrich, Back Tilt Studio
This is an outstanding class, bringing an enormous amount of material into an organized series of learning modules.”
- Tim Van Meter, Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP
I appreciate Marc's high level of involvement and attention to detail when reviewing and responding to homework assignments and questions. The lectures are informative and entertaining. I learned a lot from this course both technically through the material and professionally through observing Marc's teaching style.”
- Margo Valdes, Conservation Services Group
This is a great course if you are a professional in the field or just a homeowner interested in decreasing your energy usage.”
- Ann McKinley
Your worksheet creations are really a tremendous tool for a builder like myself. I have gained insights that I never knew existed and have never seen coming from design professionals.”
- Bill Tornrose, Tornrose Williams Builders
Marc is a wonderful teacher and communicator. If the construction industry is going to change to high performance construction, we need to make sure certain key concepts become the new norm. Marc is clearly a forerunner in creating this new path. If he had an sequel to this course, I would take it.”
- Valerie White, White Architects
Marc's course greatly expanded my understanding of energy use in buildings and the potential of super insulated, low energy homes. The tools, materials, and guidance Marc offers in this course are indispensable to anyone in the trade. I highly recommend it!”
- Dylan Kinsey, Kinsey Construction
The 10-week format along with terrific information was perfect for my situation of needing flexibility and time to digest and apply this information to a real world project.”
- Spencer Richland
Director of Engineering, South Mountain Company
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...[more]