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Lunchtime Learning: Getting to Zero | Achieving Net Zero Energy Design

This course, taught by senior MEP Engineers from GHT Limited, introduces Net Zero Energy (NZE) concepts for commercial and institutional buildings. Recent market forces, combined with jurisdictional pressures from DC, Maryland and Virginia, are calling for area buildings to achieve Net Zero Energy use. In this session, our senior staff will define the terms Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Waste and Net Zero Carbon; explain the difference between these three approaches; and address recent legislation and building code changes which will require NZE approaches within the next decade. The session continues with strategies to achieve NZE and concludes with discussion about the future of NZE, including cost premiums and payback analysis.

Participants should have an introductory level understanding of building design and construction concepts. In-depth knowledge of buildings codes is not required. Some intermediate mechanical and electrical systems concepts will be presented.

Sponsored by: GHT Limited


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the market forces and jurisdictional code changes which are driving more commercial buildings to pursue Net Zero Energy (NZE) certification;

  • Understand how local jurisdictional authorities in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are changing building code requirements to propel the use of NZE strategies in all buildings for this region;

  • Delineate between Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Carbon and Net Zero Waste approaches in commercial buildings;

  • Understand how a building’s envelope, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) systems and on-site energy generation strategies can earn NZE certification; and

  • Understand which types of commercial buildings and clients are currently pursuing NZE certification, as well as costs and premiums associated with designing and constructing NZE buildings.