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Net-Zero Energy Building Design

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Starts On - May 15, 2017 - 8:30am
Ends On - May 16, 2017 - 5:00pm
218 Rachel Carson Way
Ithaca , NY 14850

This two-day training will focus on design and construction details to achieve net-zero energy use in new buildings. Join Ian Shapiro, founder of Taitem Engineering and co-author of the book Green Building Illustrated and Liz Walker, co-founder of EcoVillage Ithaca and executive director of its educational arm, Learn@Ecovillage, as they address fundamentals and strategies for zero energy design.

Ecovillage and cohousing concepts will be covered as well as site visits to homes and commercial community buildings at Ecovillage's three cohousing neighborhoods, emphasizing different green building approaches, styles and details, culminating in the newest neighborhood called TREE, one of the largest Passivhaus developments in North America, which includes a number of net zero homes.

Lunch is provided. The training fee includes a copy of Ian Shapiro's book Green Building Illustrated and Liz Walker's book EcoVillage at Ithaca: Pioneering a Sustainable Culture.

A limited number of scholarships are available to attend; please contact Liz Walker to apply. A discount also is available for USGBC New York Upstate members.

Learning objectives

  • Learn the design fundamentals to achieve net-zero energy in new buildings, including heating/cooling options, hot water strategies, insulation and window design, lighting and electrical load for net-zero.
  • Learn specific construction details which help to achieve net-zero energy, including techniques to achieve low infiltration and to minimize thermal bridging.
  • Understand the concepts of cohousing and ecovillages as examples of neighborhood level design for sustainability.
  • earn options for measuring and verifying net-zero performance, and approaches to maintain persistent net-zero performance.


Liz Walker

Liz Walker, executive director of Learn@EcoVillage and co-founder has provided vision, leadership and prodigious hard work since the founding of EcoVillage at Ithaca in 1991. As collaborator, she has helped launch Gaia Education which teaches sustainable community development around the world. She has a deep appreciation and commitment to building a new future that works for all. Liz is an engaging presenter, published author and welcoming friend to all who encounter her.

Ian Shapiro

Ian Shapiro started Taitem Engineering in 1989. He has led applied energy conservation research projects, many design and energy projects, and has delivered workshops in the areas of energy audits, managing energy projects, and the energy code. He has led the development of several computer programs which are used in the HVAC, energy, and indoor air quality fields, and he also developed an innovative desiccant cooling system. Ian's presentations and workshops are impactful and highly recommended.