PHRC Webinars

GreenBuild: Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Design/Build in Central PA

5/8/2018 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Sarah Klinetob Lowe (PHRC), Chris Hazel (EEHR)


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The GreenBuild duplex is a set of two 1,250 sq.ft. solar-powered homes designed to the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home Standard (ZERH). The homes were initially designed by students through the 2014-15 Department of Energy’s Race to Zero Student Design Competition and were a collaborative project between the Energy Efficient Housing Research Group (EEHR) in the Penn State School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, PHRC, and the State College Community Land Trust (SCCLT), a nonprofit affordable housing entity that focuses on providing affordable owner-occupied housing for moderate income families in State College Borough. The homes are currently under construction by Envinity Inc., a State College design-build firm, and are expected to be completed and sold by May 2018 to two income-qualified families. This webinar will explore the Department of Energy’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Standard and outline the design, construction, and cost of the GreenBuild duplex as a case study of the ZERH standard.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the energy efficient design requirements for the Department of Energy’s ZERH Standard.
  2. Gain insight on solar photovoltaic design for Pennsylvania, which reduces the home’s environmental impact.
  3. Explore the unique case study design and decision-making process for the SCCLT’s ZERH-certified GreenBuild duplex.
  4. Discuss the high performance systems chosen in the SCCLT ZERH duplex as they relate to balancing initial cost, long-term energy efficiency, and occupant health and comfort.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit

Credit Hours

1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Energy Efficiency, Energy Codes, and Green Building



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

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