This course provides an overview of residential Zero Net Energy (ZNE) homes and gives designers a sense of key issues and strategies for ZNE projects. It explores how ZNE projects may be defined along with the implications of the different definitions of zero. The course also characterizes the current ZNE housing market, the general design approach to ZNEs and the opportunities to integrate mixed-fuel home designs in ZNE projects.

After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Build an understanding of Zero Net Energy Homes and options for how “zero” might be defined.
  • Assess the current U.S. market of ZNE homes.
  • Explore general design strategies for ZNE homes.
  • Understand the opportunities to use mixed-fuel design strategies in ZNE or “zero ready” projects.


  • AIA: 1 LU/HSW
  • USGBC: 1 CE Hour
  • NARI: 1 CE Hour
  • NAHB: 1 CE Hour

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