Craftsmen of Homes


Roanoke & Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia

netPLUS Energy School



netPLUS Energy, in partnership with the Virginia Center for Housing Research


Want to get to the heart of high-performance building without the hype?

Don’t let green building programs confuse you.   You’ve attended professional education in the past, and left thinking there must be more than simple lists of green "program points".   Where is the “How To”?  What about the tips and techniques to save you time, money, and frustration?

WHEN:   August 20 –23, 2013  (Tuesday  – Friday) 

WHERE:   Department of Building Construction, Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Main Campus


Join us this August in Blacksburg, at the Virginia Tech Department of Building Construction, to learn:

  • HOW TO design & build energy-efficiency, and reduce RISK
  • HOW NOT TO waste time, effort, and money
  • WHICH details, components, and assemblies work best – without bias or favoritism
  • the WHY’s inherent to high-performance best practices in building
  • WHO should do what:  directing designers, project managers, HERS Raters, consultants, trades, lenders, appraisers, and clients who ‘help’
  • Technical Tips, Tricks, and Time-Savers practical to low-energy, high-performance construction
  • Proven Sales and Marketing Strategies to enhance the bottom line
  • HOW TO obtain valid appraisals capturing the present value of future energy cost-savings


Virginia Tech, in association with the netPLUS Energy School, is pleased to present the Fundamentals of High Performance Housing Workshop.

The Fundamentals of High Performance Housing Workshop - four days of engaging professional education for building practitioners which deepens understanding of building science and expands knowledge of best practices.  Completion of this dynamic program strengthens your ability to design, specify, or build the new normal: high-performance “green” construction, with proper emphasis on energy efficiency, health-promoting environments, cost optimization, and long-term durability.

The Fundamentals of High Performance Housing Workshop is scheduled for August 20-23, 2013. All sessions and activities will be delivered at the Department of Building Construction in Bishop-Favrao Hall in Blacksburg, Virginia[1].

The registration fee is $999. per person for standard registration and $599. for student registration[2]. Included in this fee are the following: class materials; light continental breakfast & afternoon refreshments by Panera Bread; campus parkingpass for the four days of class; 3.2 Virginia Tech CEU’s, 32 Contact Hours, and Program Certificate.

Participants  are responsible for lunch and dinner, transportation and lodging; block rate available at the Inn at Virginia Tech.

The first 5 builders / designers/ project managers to register receive a partial scholarship of $200. The first 10 students to register receive one of the available $100 scholarships. (Scholarships courtesy of the Virginia Center for Housing Research)

Register before Wednesday 31 July, 2013; late registration fee applies after.


[1] Bishop Favrao Hall is Building #173 on the Virginia tech campus map.  For a campus map, please visit

[2] Note: Student identification will be required at the time of check-in for class.