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Achieving Zero Energy Buildings: Fact or Fantasy?

Format LIVE: Facilitator-led
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Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
United States
Category Energy and atmosphere

Over the last few years there has been much talk about zero-energy buildings. The 2012 IECC has been tightened and bring us closer to zero-energy buildings, but how much can we reduce the environmental footprint of buildings? The discussion will focus on the potential to create lower-energy buildings, what technologies and techniques can be used, and current areas of research. Our speaker will also address how design professionals, owners, developers, and contractors can effectively make better decisions to create buildings with lower energy footprints and what resources are currently available to help this process.


1. Identify various boundaries and metrics by which a Net Zero Energy Building can be defined
2. Identify the hierarchy of renewable energy options: footprint, site, imported, or purchased.
3. Identify the decision makers involved in achieving a Net Zero Energy Building
4. Apply plug-load reduction strategies identified in the NREL#s RSF case study

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CE Hours 1.5