When it comes to home performance, the HERS Index Score is the most widely recognized metric similar to an "MPG" ... for homes. But a car's performance doesn't end with its energy rating...and neither does a home's. For example, comfort, health, safety, and durability come to mind. DOE has established a label for Zero Energy Ready Homes that recognizes it's critical to ensure both energy efficiency and high-performance to address challenges like delivering comfort with ultra-low heating and cooling loads, providing reliable moisture management with advanced enclosures, and controlling indoor air quality with air-tight construction. Efficiency is not nearly enough. And then once these challenges are addressed, there is a special opportunity to make an ultra-efficient home zero energy ready with simple no-cost or low-cost details to accommodate a future PV system. Energy efficiency and high-performance plus solar ready is the home of the future. In this session, you'll learn how the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specifications provide a systems-based path to deliver this home today.
- Understand the DOE technical specifications associated with zero energy ready performance.
- Review examples of technologies and design strategies to meet DOE Zero Energy Ready thresholds for efficiency and performance
- Review modeling examples of Zero Energy Ready Home designs
- Understand how the DOE technical specifications are aligned with the key value propositions for Zero Energy Ready Homes
1 Continuing Education Units (CEUS)
- NARI Green
- Certified Green Professional (CGP)
- Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
- May be applicable to your state-based design or contractor license*
Jamie Lyons of Newport Partners researches and consults on building performance and energy efficient design. He's the Technical Director for the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program. In this role Jamie works with builders, raters, architects, and utilities to help them achieve solutions for designing, building, and selling Zero Energy Ready Homes. He holds a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Environmental Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland.