Designing for Net Positive Energy and Water

Learn to move projects towards regenerative designs that operate within the carrying capacity of sites.


Net positive design is one of the frontiers of sustainable architecture in the 21st century. Instead of simply breaking even, net positive buildings contribute a measurable benefit to their environments.

In this course, you'll hear from architects who are designing net positive energy and net-zero water systems for a 16,000 sq. ft., two-story campus building. Join us to gain a greater understanding of:

  • The performance goals and philosophy behind net positive design
  • Design concept and construction details behind energy systems
  • All aspects of water systems, including rainwater collection, filtration, composting, greywater treatment, and stormwater management
  • The regulatory and permitting processes

Learning objectives

  • Explain the philosophy of net positive, regenerative design.
  • Integrate energy and water systems thinking into your design process.
  • Choose from a range of strategic approaches to net positive energy, and identify the appropriate technical solutions to support the approach.
  • Summarize the global demands of water as a resource, explain to their clients why water should be conserved, and outline the components of a closed-loop water system.
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  • Jason Forney


    Principal | Bruner/Cott & Associates

    Jason Forney is a Principal with Bruner/Cott Architects in Cambridge, MA. He specializes in the...
  • Jason Jewhurst


    Senior Associate | Bruner/Cott & Associates

    Jason Jewhurst is a Senior Associate at Bruner/Cott Architects & Planners, Cambridge...