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Zero Energy Buildings

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This session on zero energy buildings introduces their foundational terminology, concepts, and strategies. Topics covered include defining zero energy, understanding site energy vs. source energy, the cost of zero energy buildings, setting goals, historically informed architecture, and passive design strategies.

Course expires 03/05/2025

Learning Objectives


Understand the critical balance between energy generation and consumption in a zero energy building


Distinguish between source energy and site energy, and understand the calculations for each


Discuss the relationship between energy efficiency and cost in zero energy building design


Identify various passive design elements and understand how they can be implemented to reduce building loads

Brought to you in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.