Update High Performance Home Knowledge with EEBA Courses for Building Professionals

New designation program for building professionals to launch at the EEBA High Performance Home Summit.
Update High Performance Home Knowledge with EEBA Courses for Building Professionals
The EEBA Designation for Building Professionals will debut at this year’s High Performance Home Summit. The 3-day/3-course program is created for builders, construction managers, sales professionals, and designers seeking a broad understanding of building science and the latest applications in high-performance homes, compliance and strategic innovations. The designation should help demonstrate to employers, supervisors, clients, and consumers an understanding of the most dynamic and important trends in constructing houses. On day one, Gord Cooke will be taking participants through EEBA’s climate-specific Houses That Work™ course, aimed toward educating building professionals on the house-as-a-system approach to home performance. Andy Oding will join Gord Cooke on day two to lead participants through High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work™ - a course focused on understanding the growing complexity and scope of residential mechanical systems to comply with energy codes. ... read more
 

HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes

HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes
High-performance homes require better HVAC design strategies than code-built homes. Builders can more easily understand high-performance needs by familiarizing themselves with basic HVAC design concepts and strategies. The first step is conducting a room-by-room load calculation. Local climates determine whether a building’s HVAC system is designed to first meet cooling or heating needs. Heating-dominant climates require heating needs to be addressed before cooling, and vice versa. Load calculations are based on the coldest and hottest days of the year to ensure systems provide comfort at both extremes. In any climate, high-performance homes have significantly lower cooling and heating requirements than code-built homes, so the best options for them might be very different than a code-built home. Split-ductless systems, for example, provide both cooling and heating in one highly efficient system, and are a great solution for high-performance homes. The systems are... read more
 

BRING A STUDENT TO THE EEBA SUMMIT

Industry leaders create a way for DOE Race to Zero winners to attend the High Performance Home Summit.
BRING A STUDENT TO THE EEBA SUMMIT
For the last five years, the Department of Energy at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has organized the “Race to Zero” Student Design Competition in Golden, Colorado. The event challenges college students and faculty from around the world through a design competition for zero energy-ready structures - both single-family and multifamily homes, as well as school buildings. This year’s event brought together 84 student teams from 68 collegiate institutions from nine different countries. EEBA has officially kicked off their student scholarship fundraising efforts by offering free attendance for two students per team to the 2018 High Performance Home Summit in San Diego. Each scholarship of $1,500 provides one student with full Summit registration and meals, double-occupancy for three hotel nights, tickets for a networking event and a dinner cruise, and $500 for transportation. The scholarship fund is the first initiative enabling interested students to attend and... read more
 

High Performance Home Education Happening Around the Country

It’s that time again. All over the nation, school is starting back up and we could not be more excited.
High Performance Home Education Happening Around the Country
And as you know, education is important to us and with the High Performance Home Summit right around the corner, we thought we’d provide you with a preview of additional upcoming classes being offered around the country. Mike Barcik will be back at it again, leading The HERS Associate & Taking the Performance Path. This class, an introduction to the HERS Index and IECC Compliance, will allow attendees to obtain CEU’s for AIA/CES (HSW), BPI, ICC, NARI, NAHB, and NATE, as well as earn the HERS Associate designation. The session will be offered at the following locations, on the following dates: Boston, MA - September 25, 2018 Baltimore, MD - September 26, 2018 Charleston, SC - November 15, 2018 Nashville, TN - December 5, 2018 Andy Oding will be leading the High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work session in Boise, ID on October 10, as well as in Portland, OR on November 8. Andy has over 23 years of experience in the residential construction industry and... read more
 

PechaKucha to Celebrate Housing Innovation

Winners of the prestigious DOE Housing Innovation Awards will be awarded during the High Performance Home Summit Luncheon and PechaKucha in October.
PechaKucha to Celebrate Housing Innovation
The Department of Energy recently released their 2018 Housing Innovation Award winners. The program recognizes the best in innovation on the path to zero energy ready homes. Winners are selected for each of five categories and one Grand Winner will be announced from each category during the EEBA High Performance Home Summit in San Diego, October 16-18. You won’t want to miss the Luncheon on Day 1 of the Summit as Sam Rashkin announces the Grand Winners and the Housing Innovation Winners take part in PechaKucha with Alex Glenn. These companies and organizations have designed homes that are independently certified to meet the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home guidelines and hail from all over the U.S. “Every year we see the caliber of winning homes rise. Thrive is honored to be in the company of such great HIA winners,” says Gene Myers, EEBA Board President and CEO of Thrive Home Builders in Denver. Innovation in Affordable Homes winners received recognition for building homes at an... read more
 

Educational Sessions for California Net Zero Mandate

Whether or not you’re ready for it, California is mandating it net zero directive in 2020.
Educational Sessions for California Net Zero Mandate
On May 9, the California Energy Commission voted to mandate advanced efficiency measures and rooftop solar for all new houses, condos and apartment buildings (up to three stories tall), obtaining building permits after January 1, 2020. If a building isn’t suitable for a rooftop array, it will be required to have access to community solar or offset energy usage through alternative efficiency gains. Builders can also take advantage of “compliance credits” by installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall or sonnenBatterie - and further reduce the size of the solar array. As California builders, raters, analysts, and architects seek methods and solutions to meet this aggressive state policy, part of this year’s High Performance Home Summit will be aimed at putting all the information California builders need in one place, to help you reach the goal of compliance in time. Various classes will be offered revolving around the impact of policy, code, and Title 24 on design and... read more
 

New Educational Program at High Performance Home Summit

The one-day Site Supervisor Designation will be available to registered attendees at this year’s conference.
New Educational Program at High Performance Home Summit
EEBA will be rolling out a new one-day course designed for project managers and site supervisors at this year’s High Performance Home Summit. The Site Supervisor Designation course will provide knowledge, processes, and best practices gained from building science and will demonstrate how it all applies to residential construction projects. For participants to successfully obtain the designation they will need to attend the required classes during the Summit, and pass a quiz at the end of the course. The curriculum is based off guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Energy and topics will include: Building science fundamentals Whole building integration Building testing Quality Management Applying experience from the job-site to integrated design At the end of the class, attendees should be able to understand how building science applies to processes such as integrated design and how site supervisors can contribute to, and gain from, these processes. ... read more
 

Growing a High Performance Home Network

Three decades later, EEBA’s network of knowledgeable building professionals is helping move the needle on energy efficiency.
Growing a High Performance Home Network
In 1982, the average sales price of a new home in the U.S. was $83,817 (U.S. Census Bureau), gas was $1.22/gallon, the Commodore 64 was released, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller made its debut. In the same year, the Energy Efficient Building Association was formed an hour outside of Minneapolis in the little-known city of Pine Island, Minnesota. The founding members of EEBA consisted of a small group of building professionals representing the U.S., Canada, and Sweden who all held similar ideals for developing higher standards for energy efficient buildings. Through the years, as environmental initiatives grew in the U.S., so did EEBA’s goals. Taking into consideration the strong partnerships they had formed, as well as a commitment to sustainable building practices, the Energy Efficient Building Association updated their name to the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance in 2008. Now, over 35 years later, EEBA has built a network of educational and technical partners... read more
 

Serving Energy Efficiency Education to Those Who Have Served

EEBA offers eligible Veterans a scholarship to attend any of their energy efficiency educational trainings.
Serving Energy Efficiency Education to Those Who Have Served
More than 200,000 U.S. service members return to civilian life each year.1 EEBA is a supporter of our Veterans and encourages their participation in moving the home performance sector forward. If you are a Veteran working in the construction industry, EEBA may be able to offer a scholarship for one of our upcoming energy efficiency education sessions. The Houses That Work educational program is based on Department of Energy Building America research and consists of seven different modules ranging from Indoor Air Quality to Water Management and High Performance Mechanical Systems. In addition, our new course, “The HERS Associate & Taking the Performance Path,” provides an introduction to RESNET and the HERS Index and relates the principles of building science as they apply to HERS. “The many training opportunities we provide across the country each year offer a variety of curriculum, and the training is always customized for the climate and building practices of each... read more
 

EEBA Named a Leading Industry Association

EEBA was recently recognized as a leading Industry Association for their commitment to high performance home education.
EEBA Named a Leading Industry Association
Green Builder Media, the leading media company in the North American residential building industry focused exclusively on green building and responsible growth, recently included EEBA as one of the nation’s leading Industry Associations. Featured in the May/June 2018 issue, EEBA is lauded for its “comprehensive and practical programs” offered at both their annual High Performance Home Summit, and various educational training held throughout the year around the country. One of those programs is the HERS Associate training course which has already been well-attended in Atlanta, Raleigh, and Denver earlier in the year. The next HERS Associate training courses will be held in Dallas on August 7th, Boston on September 25th, and Baltimore, MD on September 26, 2018. For more information on the time and location, or to sign-up, email info@eeba.org. In the article, Gene Myers, CEO of Thrive Home Builders in Denver, explains how his company has “benefitted from EEBA regional training... read more