PGE - HVAC Contractors' Part in Zero Net Energy Homes

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Also Offered April 03 (Tuesday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) Stockton--ETC
April 05 (Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) San Jose--Pipe Trades
Description This class presents the new approach to HVAC work essential for accomplishing California"s goal of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) new homes by 2020. HVAC contractors are an integral part of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® PROGRAM AND THE Energy Upgrade California incentive program, which both promote "whole-house" approaches to developing ZNE homes. This training discusses how contractors can provide systems that meet the requirements of these high performance approaches through changes to system design, equipment selection, equipment sizing, duct location and sizing, supply grille selection and sizing, and ventilation.
Audience Level  
Introductions and Safety Announcements
ZNE Home Basics
High Performance Mechanical System Choices
High Performance System Design Choices
High Performance Duct Design and Location Options
High Performance Grille Selection, Sizing and Location Choices
High Performance Ventilation Choices
Wrap-up, Q&A, Post-course evaluation
Instructor(s) Rick Chitwood
Richard (Rick) Chitwood, founder of Chitwood Energy Management in Mount Shasta, California, is an expert in energy-efficient residential building construction, diagnostic testing, and performance evaluation. He has extensive hands-on experience working with builders to improve the energy efficiency of new homes and with homeowners and remodelers to improve the thermal comfort and energy performance of existing homes.

Rick is a leader in the building science-based house-as-a-system approach to green home energy design and retrofits. As lead trainer for the California Building Performance Contractors Association (, he teaches residential building professionals how to achieve high-performance thermal boundaries and energy-efficient mechanical systems.

Rick has participated in research projects involving extensive field-testing and data collection on California homes, and he advised the California Energy Commission on development of Quality Insulation Installation criteria for the 2005 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. He is also the author of several articles, including the "New Construction Report Card" series in Home Energy Magazine.
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Cost No fee for this program
Credits N/A

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San Jose--Pipe Trades