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Vice President of Marketing, Product Development, and Design , ConTech Lighting
Pro Reviewer
5

This course provides the viewer with a complete overview of the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program. The presentation includes an abundance of information about the basics of designing and building a zero energy home and how health and energy efficiency are key components in this process. In addition, the presentation includes details on where to get more resources about net zero. Finally, the presentation demonstrates the benefits of zero energy ready design and the growing market demand. This is an Intermediate level seminar, so the viewer should be familiar with at least one aspect of residential design or construction. Architects, Engineers, Interior Designers, Builders, and other Residential professionals would certainly benefit from viewing this program. The presentation experience is long and filled with detail, but the presenter is engaging and the slides contain many helpful images which visually communicate the content. The viewer may want to download the PDF handout for taking notes and sharing this useful information with others. This is an excellent course that will be useful to any residential building professional.

Pro Reviewer
5

The presenter did a great job of covering such detailed and technical requirements of DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program, in a way that is accessible to all. The stated objectives were fulfilled and exceeded providing a brief overview of changes in the home buying market, including the technology available to buyers, and the type of information they are looking to know. Before moving on he does a great job of giving a quick overview of the program and its differences before coming back to cover this in much greater detail in the final (third) section.

Then he moves towards a bit of a sales pitch for the program, explaining how this market segment is missing, what makes it so useful and necessary, and really driving home the importance of such a system and giving a great explanation of all the resources and detailed reviews and information for anyone curious to know more.

The final section worked worked through explaining in detail what Zero Energy Ready Homes are, how they compare to other relevant systems (e.g. Energy Star as well as energy code) across insulation, duct condensation, indoor air quality, home equipment components etc.. I really like how there is great detail provided on payback terms and getting the viewer to think about the systems approach to designing an improved home.

Overall a very strong course, it is comprehensive, well laid out and easy to digest.

Senior Environmental Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering
5

Very informative. A lot of material to cover, but worth it.

Principal Architect, Hazen and Sawyer
5

great presentation with references for additional information.

, Century3(Shanghai)Inc
5

zero energy

Architect, United States Department of Agriculture
5

Very good info presented at a good pace.

Precast Plant Manager, Con-Fab California LLC
4

Many of us have homes so this is interesting even if we are not working in the residential sector. ZERH is completely new to me, but now I know. This is a bit of a sales pitch, but salesmen can be pretty good at it as in this case.

Project Director, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
5

Outstanding course! Great, useful information that was presented well; great resources via the DOE too!

Consumers Energy
4

Good sustainability approach to building homes

Consultant
5

great

Project Engineer, BJ Perch Construction, Inc.
Pro Reviewer
5

Good course with a lot of information regarding the DOE's Zero Energy Ready Home Program. It takes you through some straight forward concepts and explains explains what they are, and their benefits to a Zero Energy Ready Home. The middle part of the course goes into explaining the marketing of the ZERH program. This part feels is more the sales pitch behind ZEHR. It isn't over the top or anything, just pretty much facts based. The last part of the course is more of the technical part of the course. I felt this portion is what really led the the course being listed as an intermediate level. The information isn't too difficult to understand if you just pay attention to what's being presented. Going back over and reviewing a send time is helpful in grasping whats being presented. Overall I felt the DOE did a great job in putting the program together, the presentation was really good and the pdf of the slides was helpful to follow along with.

Executive Director , GreenHome Institute

Amal - Thank you for the feedback. The sales pitch certainly does come into play but don't forget this is a federal program and thus it's owned by all of us in the US. The real sales pitch here is to sell builders on building zero energy ready, whether formally or with this specific program. We will have another session coming soon that focuses on 100% technical ideas.

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