Craftsmen of Homes


Roanoke & Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

AIA Architects

Offering AIA Architects CEUs through local conferences offered in the Roanoke Valley

Timber Ridge Craftsmen will be offering CEU's on 23 May 2013 to AIA Architects Blue Ridge Chapter: Sustainable Design Education Event and Networking Social Conference in Roanoke, VA.  Rich will be presenting "Passive House Power: "Net PLUS Now".

This session engages industry design and construction professionals in the practical "how to" of low-energy residential design and construction as exemplified by methodologies  such as 'Passive House'. The fundamental building science and technical requirements to perfecting low-energy building enclosures are discussed, showing application in built structures.  Modern 'Passive House' building practice is examined, as a necessary evolution of traditional passive solar design.  Energy modelling, low-energy consumption metrics, and the performance measurement are synthesized, to set a proper foundation of achieving 'Net Zero' to 'Net Plus' energy goals.

 Learning Objectives: After attending this session, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the four main building control layers utilizing the information and examples provided to ensure durable low-energy, high-performance structures.

2. Determine super-insulation requirements, using climate maps and tables provided, sustainable for residential projects where net-zero/net-plus performance is planned.

3. Anticipate the technical challenges likely to be encountered in the planning, procurement, and execution of low-energy, high-performance homebuilding using the case studies and experience presented.

4. Discuss the energy modeling process for low-energy design, and identify energy-modeling software employed in certification programs such as 'Passive House'.

5. Recognize likely site renewable-energy inputs necessary for typical low-energy, high performance homes to achieve net-zero/net-plus performance using the tables provided.

6. Explain the importance of granular engery performance monitoring to successful design, construction, and operation of net-zero/net-plus buildings based on a review of the challenges known to industry practioners.