Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Zero Energy Homes

Starting October 25, U.C. Berkeley Extension will be offering the course "Zero Energy Buildings" taught by David Scheer, a Registered Architect and ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) with Loisos+Ubbelohde Associates. Zero Energy Buildings will offer students the essentials on the subjects of zero net energy, off grid, and/or carbon neutral buildings. We will discuss and practice the modeling tools that designers, engineers and civilians need to predict building energy use. We will learn from practicing professionals about renewable energy sources like wind and photovoltaic panels, how to size and cost the generator required to offset building energy use, and the role of local, state and federal incentives in promoting renewables. Through site visits, presentation examples, guest lectures and a case study project, students will learn about the categories of building energy demand, how and when to reduce that demand, and how to produce a cost-effective plan for making a Zero Energy Building.

The course is part of the Sustainable Design certificate program.

Tuition is $600 for 8 classes meeting once a week for three hours per session.

For more information: http://extension.berkeley.edu/cat/course1725.html

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