Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today

Designing Toward Net-Zero Energy Commercial Buildings

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Course Length: 3 hours

This course is a part of the ASHRAE Career Enhancement Curriculum Program:
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Net-zero energy buildings are those which, on an annual basis, use no more energy from the utility grid than is provided by on-site renewable energy sources. These buildings use 50% to 70% less energy than comparable traditional buildings. The remaining energy use comes from renewable sources, like solar panels or wind turbines incorporated into the facility itself.

The course provides application knowledge of the design and operating principles for energy efficient buildings and available technologies and systems to achieve net-zero energy building design. Building design strategies, review of current policy and regulation, energy, environmental and economic assessment of building’s performance, energy efficiency in HVAC, lighting and appliances, and on-site renewable energy sources are reviewed.

Course Instructors

Dunstan Macauley, P.E., Member ASHRAE, HBDP >>

Frank Mills, C.Eng., Member ASHRAE >>

Additional Information

All courses are available for Chapter and In-Company Programs. Courses may be periodically scheduled for the Winter and/or Annual Conference Education Programs, as well as the Online Courses Series.

Chapters or Companies: Contact Karen Murray, Manager of Professional Development ( or 678-539-1146), to schedule an ALI seminar or course at your organization or event.

Availability: Check the various offerings listed under Professional Development > Learning Portal to see if this course is being offered at an upcoming event.