Affordable Zero Energy Ready Homes - Canceled

Friday, May 29, 2020

Zero Energy Ready Home Sticker

This workshop is cancelled, anyone who is already registered will receive a full refund. Please consider the Cost-Effective High Performance Homes Workshop in October which will cover much of the same content and continuing education credits (except for appraisers).

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley completed construction on the first certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes in North Carolina in 2016. The homes  qualifiy for a two-year comfort and energy use guarantee through the Advanced Energy SystemVision program. This workshop will take an in depth look at the construction technologies and techniques involved in building an affordable Zero Energy Ready Home, including a super-insulated building envelope, as well as high performance heating, cooling, and ventilation. This workshop includes a tour of affordable Zero Energy Ready homes at various stages of construction.    

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify affordable strategies for meeting DOE Zero Energy Ready Home requirements and understand how they add value to a home.
  2. Explore high performance heating, cooling, ventilation, and dehumidification systems for low load homes.
  3. Discuss the importance of monitoring and maintenance for optimum performance.
  4. Experience affordable Zero Energy Ready Homes at various stages of construction.
  5. Become familiar with the energy efficient details and the process involved to construct and value zero energy ready homes, which will help the appraiser with communication strategies to use with clients, other agents, appraisers, and lenders.

View some news articles about the Zero Energy Ready development that will be in the tour:
Duke Energy article: Innovative mixed-income Habitat for Humanity community features affordable, energy-efficient
DOE Certifies NC's First Ever Net Zero Energy Ready Homes
Habitat for Humanity Gains Recognition for its Homes

Early Registration Cost: $200* (lunch included)
*Cost after May 8: $250 
Students in UNC system Early Registration Cost: $175**
**Student Cost after May 10: $200
Refer a friend and you'll each receive $25 off. Details here.

Location: North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET), Hickory, NC (Note: This workshop is in Hickory at ASU's NCCET facility to allow for the tour of homes, which is right around the corner)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00 pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 6 LU|HSW, 6 PDH, 7 NC Appraiser (We will have a presentation on the ZERH appraisal process during lunch and Q&A due to requests from appraisers for 7 hours of CE)
Note: Real estate agents may submit this form with $50 fee to self report to the NCREC for CE credit

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Note: Course materials will be provided electronically.


Rob Howard, Performance Construction Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Chuck Perry, Program Director of the NC Energy Efficiency Alliance will present the appraisal section

Rob Howard is the Performance Construction Manager at Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. Previously he was the Director of Construction at Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley in Hickory, NC.  He has been building energy efficient homes through Advanced Energy’s SystemVision program since 2001.  He built the first Net-Zero Energy Home in North Carolina in partnership with Appalachian State University in 2005. Rob became a HERS Rater in 2006 and started a company called Home Energy Solutions to provide green building consulting and home performance contracting in Western North Carolina. He is an adjunct faculty member at Appalachian State University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree and a renewable energy technologies diploma from North Carolina State University.

Chuck Perry was the Program Director for the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) from 2010 to 2018. He currently teaches construction at Appalachian in the Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment Dept., builds energy efficient homes with his company PerryBuilt, and works as a research assistant for the Appalachian Energy Center. He has 25 years of experience in the residential new home industry and over the years he has developed a passion for high performance construction and sharing better building practices with all stakeholders in the homebuilding industry.