Forget the Oscars; forget the Superbowl; the most exciting event of the year is coming up on March 5-7th, the annual Building Energy Conference, hosted by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. I can't conceive of missing it - for over 30 years NESEA has been the place where the best thinkers, do-ers, and visionaries in my field gather - a total immersion experience. You can't find this depth and diversity of knowledge entwined with passion and commitment anywhere else. We don't always (or even often!) agree, but we all leave challenged, stimulated, and charged up to keep on doing what we do, and do it better. I know I'll learn new stuff from other practitioners, see the products I need to know more about on the exhibit floor, hang out with old friends, and best yet, get to make new ones. It's the annual Gathering of the Tribe, and we'd love you - whether you're an old hand or just starting out - to join us. Hope to see you there!
The Fall 2012 Zero Net Energy Homes online course had 50 students and was a great learning experience! Brian Hayden of Heatspring wrote about it here. We’re doing it again starting March 11th, the link is here. It's a packed 10 weeks, and includes a bunch of Excel calculators so folks can do a simple heat loss; calculate frame assembly thermal bridges; estimate hot water energy requirements; calculate the solar gain through the glazing; and do a simple annual energy calculation in order to size the PV system. In the videos I cover energy, heat transfer, moisture, thermal bridges, superinsulated construction, ventilation and heating/cooling, DHW, solar thermal and solar electricity. A course syllabus with the videos, reading, resources, and homework is here. As a bonus, enrolling in the course includes a membership in NESEA, and discounted admission to BE 2013 (I hope to see you there!)
“I would just like to take this moment of enthusiasm and express how terrific I think this course is.”
“These calculators are great. The ability to tweak a couple of factors and see the whole system impact is outstanding. I feel like these are great tools to "nudge" clients towards better performing buildings as we can attach dollar amounts to heat loss....”
“The quality of teaching in your course is amazing, every word choice, how clearly the ideas are outlined, the various calculators are incredible. I'm only on week 2 and I can't believe how much I've learned.”
Lucy (homeowner doing a Deep Energy Retrofit)
“Both NESEA and Marc have given me a tremendous leg up in my work, shortening my learning curve by months if not years in some areas.”