PHRC Webinars

What does Net-Zero Energy Mean in PA?

5/16/2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Brian Wolfgang (PHRC)


Link to Webinar:


The residential construction industry has been advancing in terms of energy efficiency for decades. The concept of achieving Net-Zero Energy is now a reality. But what does Net-Zero Energy actually look and feel like in Pennsylvania? This webinar will explore the basics of energy consumption in residential settings, as well as the history of energy efficient techniques, systems, and building codes in Pennsylvania. The discussion will focus on the specifics of Pennsylvania’s climate, construction industry, and economy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the fundamentals of energy consumption as it relates to heating and cooling, occupancy, water heating, lighting, and other common residential uses.
  2. Understand the history of energy efficient construction techniques that have pushed the residential industry toward a higher standard through voluntary programs and minimum code requirements.
  3. Analyze the specific challenges that builders and designers in Pennsylvania may face when trying to achieve Net-Zero Energy and the impact those challenges have on cost and feasibility.
  4. Discuss various case studies that illustrate successful designs and executions as they relate to occupant comfort, utility bill reduction, mortgage feasibility, etc.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

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.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

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