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Using the ZERO Energy Capable Certification on your next project

GBCI: 0920015279

Avoid "zerowashing" and learn how to easily market and build to true zero energy standards.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

  • LU/HSW

Rating system: v4, v2009

Published on: February 16, 2018

Average: 3 (4 votes)


When it comes to describing net-zero projects, it is the wild west in term of definitions!

Zero energy, net zero energy, zero carbon, zero electricity vs total energy use and more

It is very confusing to the market!

To help you and your clients avoid zero washing we have created the simple, affordable and yet meaningful zero energy capable certification. We will explain in detail how to use this program, show real-world case studies and how it compares to the 4 other major programs, DOE Zero Energy Ready, HERS index 0, Passive House Source Zero and the ILFI Zero Energy Certification. Join us and learn how to effectively communicate your net zero goals today!


  1. Understand the meaning of net zero energy and how different programs define it.
  2. Know where to go to get more resources to design, build or remodel to zero and easily market your success.
  3. Articulate the basics of energy modeling & preliminary design & construction testing when it comes to planning for zero.
  4. Feel empowered to truly achieve zero energy capable no matter the climate zone.
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GreenHome Institute
Grand Rapids, MI
United States


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Brett Little

Executive Director GreenHome Institute
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