Marc Rosenbaum is one of the popular speakers in the building industry today. This materials in this course are based on his many years of experience and meticulous practice.
We only offer this course twice a year, and it typically sells out. The only way to reserve your seat is to enroll.
As you work through a series of in-depth design exercises, Marc provides detailed feedback on your work.
The capstone project for this course is creating a comprehensive zero net energy home plan complete with drawings and energy modeling.
The quality of teaching in your course is amazing, every word choice, how clearly the ideas are outlined, the various calculators are incredible. I'm only on week 2 and I can't believe how much I've learned. I read a ton of blogs, but until you do the math you don't really have any idea of the magnitude of some of these issues - ex. energy use of your car vs. your house, how much heat you can actually get through a window.”
- Lucy Foxworth (Fall 2012)
The calculators alone are worth the price of admission.”
- Jack (Fall 2012)
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
Approved for 25 BPI credits, 10 GBCI credits, 12 AIA CEUs, 6 MA CSL Credits
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]
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
This week we'll look at construction approaches for superinsulated foundations, walls, and roofs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's time to put what you've learned into practice. Our capstone assignment is to design a zero net energy home for a residential new construction or retrofit project. There are several case studies as resource guides as you work through your own design.
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.