New Tools for Calculating Energy Usage in Net Zero Homes

Over the years at Bensonwood we’ve designed and built a number of LEED certified, Net-Zero homes and commercial buildings, but our team never stops in our quest to learn more, and deliver new and better design/build methods to the benefit of our clients, our world and our structures.

(Some noteworthy projects: Unity House which partially informed and inspired our new Unity Homes brand, the Net-Zero Coast Maine Botanical Gardens, and Burr and Burton Academy* which we recently blogged about).Rheannon DeMond

Bensonwood Assistant Project Manager Rheannon DeMond recently completed the Net Zero Energy Homes 10 week course as part of the NESEA Building Energy Masters Series that covered every aspect of designing a Net Zero Energy Home.  Rheannon has a background in building energy performance but was looking to further educate herself on the necessary calculations, systems and technologies that it takes to design a home for Net Zero Energy use.

(Read a post by Marc Rosenbaum who taught the course, on his Thriving on Low Carbon blog).

“What the company and myself got out of this course was a set of excellent calculation tools to make estimating all aspects of energy usage much easier.  We are now capable of estimating the total energy usage for a home in the North East, and the size of the Photovoltaic array that can handle those loads to make a home Net Zero capable.  The tools will also allow us to analyze current designs to show home owners the advantages and disadvantages of certain systems and orientations.  As a company that is always striving to be more efficient, this course has given us the additional information and tools to allow us to better design homes that will continue to save our clients money and reduce their impact on the environment.”

Please join us in congratulating Rheannon on completing the course.  Her expanded knowledge will benefit both Bensonwood and our clients!

*Note: Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus academic building was designed/built to achieve Net-Zero energy status and LEED Platinum certification but has not yet been certified.

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