Affordable Zero Energy Ready Homes

May 12 2017
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Description:Zero Energy Ready Home Sticker

Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley recently completed construction on the first certified DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in North Carolina. The home also qualifies 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, ventilation, and dehumidification systems. 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 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:
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 April 21: $250
Students in UNC system Early Registration Cost: $175**
**Student Cost after April 21: $200

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, 6 GCBI, 6 NC Appraiser
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


Rob Howard

Additional Presenters:
David Treleven, Building Science Specialist at Advanced Energy
Nikki Krueger, Industry Manager at Ultra-Aire

Rob Howard

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.

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