Building Zero Energy Ready (NCLBGC) In-person

Friday, October 22, 2021

Registration will open late July 2021

COVID-19: The Appalachian Energy Center will follow the guidelines currently in place at the time of the workshop by Appalachian State University and the State of North Carolina in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please refer to this page for the latest updates in University operations.

This day long workshop will meet ALL 8 hours of the required continuing education (CE) for NC General Contractors, as well as CE for architects and engineers.

  • Mandatory 2-hr NCLBGC 2021  What Licensed General Contractors Need to Know (8:30am-10:20pm) taught by Chuck Perry
  • Building Zero Energy Ready: Setting the Stage with the HERS and ERI (2-hr, 10:30am-12:20pm) taught by Chuck Perry
    The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is a nationally recognized system used to determine and verify a home’s Energy Performance. Likewise, the Energy Rating Index (ERI) has emerged as an Energy Code compliance option that can be used in designing the energy provisions of a home. This course will set a HERS/ERI of 50 as the starting point for supporting any renewable energy system installed in a home. It will also explore the difference in the HERS and ERI and showcase key building features that help drive the HERS and ERI scores lower.
    Continuing Education Credits: 2 hr. NCLBGC , 2 LU|HSW, 2 PDH
  • Building Zero Energy Ready: Deep Dive into Mechanical Systems (2-hr, 1:00pm-2:50pm) taught by Rob Howard
    Zero energy ready homes are more energy efficient and have a tighter building envelope than a standard home which changes the landscape for mechanical systems. This course will take a deep dive into high performance mechanical systems including mechanical design for low load homes, IAQ and ventilation, and new equipment choices on the market that optimize comfort, efficiency and cost. A detailed case study will be reviewed.
    Continuing Education Credits: 2 hr. NCLBGC, 2 LU|HSW, 2 PDH
  • Building Zero Energy Ready: Residential Solar (2-hr, 3:10pm-5:00pm) taught by Landon Pennington
    The demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems is growing. Builders who integrate the ability to add solar PV into new construction can attract customers and stay competitive. This course will give builders a basic understanding of construction and site design for optimum solar performance including the PV install process, battery storage options, understanding energy loads, the impacts to home value, and where the market is going.
    Continuing Education Credits: 2 hr. NCLBGC (under review), 2 LU|HSW, 2 PDH

All day in-person early rate (8-hours): $200*
*All day in-person rate after October 1: $250
Individual class pricing coming soon

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Note: Course materials will be provided electronically.

Location: TBD on the campus of Appalachian State University


Chuck Perry, Lecturer for the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment at ASU, and owner of Perry Built Homes
Rob Howard, Mitsubishi Sales Manager for Yandle-Witherspoon Supply, and Licensed General Contractor for Howard Building Science
Landon Pennington, Founder & President of Collaborative Solar, and Instructor for the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment at ASU