Gain a comprehensive understanding of net zero buildings and their key components including envelope, glazing, systems and renewable energy sources.
Net zero buildings produce as much energy as they use over the course of a year. While there are only a small number of buildings that meet the criteria to be called “Net Zero” the practice of developing NZEB is becoming more and more feasible.
In this course, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of all of the key components of Zero Net Energy Buildings, aka net zero buildings.
Evaluate a zero net energy building—envelope, systems, and renewable energy sources—and learn how the components fit together to confidently create your own designs for net zero buildings. During the course, you’ll learn key pitfalls to avoid and get numerical guidelines on sizing peak heat loss, glazing amounts, and solar electric systems.
Marc Rosenbaum, your instructor, is one of the most popular and best-reviewed speakers at NESEA’s BuildingEnergy conference every year. He’s an engaging speaker, extremely honest, meticulously detailed, and curious by nature.
“After teaching over 300 participants, I’m convinced self-paced, asynchronous online learning is the way to master and apply new skills and knowledge.” —Marc Rosenbaum
This net zero buildings online course requires access to Microsoft Excel and some basic excel skills in order to take full advantage of the course and the included Excel calculators and tools.
The course includes several tools and calculators developed by Marc over his years designing Zero Net Energy Buildings and are invaluable for professionals in the industry designing and developing ZNEB.
Developed in partnership with NESEA, EEBA and TEAM ZERO
Continuing Education Units
Approved for: 25 BPI CEUs, 15 PHIUS CPHC CEUs.
About The Instructor
Marc Rosenbaum, P.E. uses an integrated systems design approach to help people create buildings and communities which connect us to the natural world, and support both personal and planetary health. He brings this vision, experience and commitment to a collaborative design process, with the goal of profoundly understanding the interconnections between people, place, and systems that generate the best solution for each unique project. Design practiced at its highest level goes beyond efficiency and conservation to create places that regenerate and nurture the natural world and all of its inhabitants.
Current areas of concentration include Passive House design, Deep Energy Retrofits, and Net Zero Energy buildings.
He has been published in ASHRAE Journal, Fine Homebuilding, Northeast Sun, Solar Today, Journal of Light Construction, and Northwest Builder, and is a member of the Advisory Board of Environmental Building News.
He is a frequent speaker on sustainable design and has been a featured presenter at many conferences, with audiences that include architects, engineers, construction professionals, facilities managers, planners, educators, utility professionals, and those working in the public sector.
An experienced and enthusiastic teacher, he has trained thousands of professionals and especially enjoys working with students. He holds BS and MS degrees from MIT, where he studied mechanical engineering. He is a licensed engineer in NH, VT, MA, and ME, a Certified Passive House Consultant, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Projects of his have won awards from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA – four times a winner), ASHRAE (twice a winner), and the Energy Efficient Building Association (EEBA). Three of his projects have been on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Earth Day Top Ten list. The French Wing for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests earned a LEEDTM Gold certification, the first LEEDTM certified project in New England.
In his practice of sustainable design consulting, he has worked for institutional clients such as MIT, Vermont Law School, Yale, Dartmouth College, Cambridge School of Weston, and Middlebury College; non-profit clients such as the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and the Woods Hole Research Center; commercial clients such as Stonyfield Farm, Inc., Tom’s of Maine, and the Hanover Consumer Co-op; cohousing groups such as Pioneer Valley, Pine Street, Island Cohousing, Peterborough, Cobb Hill, and Alchemy Farm; with many architects including William McDonough Architects, Maryann Thompson Architects, Kaplan Thompson Architects, Solar Design Associates, Bruner Cott Associates, Coldham & Hartman Architects, Moore Ruble Yudell, and Payette Associates.