Cost Effective Pathway to Zero Energy Homes

  • Training
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  • October 3, 2018



Ends: Oct 3


The State of California's building code requires that all new buildings in CA be built to zero energy standards by 2020, and the Governor of Oregon issued an executive order in 2017 that requires all new homes to achieve a zero energy ready standard by 2023. A rapidly increasing number of architects and builders in Oregon are stepping up to the challenge by creating zero energy homes and have been doing so for many years. The question is, how can this be achieved cost effectively?  

Advanced heat pump technology, lighting, and solar PV options are challenging the old zero energy paradigm of investments in air sealing, insulation, and expensive window upgrades. Earth Advantage has also recently switched from a "site" to "source" definition for Zero Energy home certification, which now allows gas-heated homes to be eligible for certification for the first time.  

Learn the different interpretations of what "zero energy" means and how builders are cost-effectively achieving it in the Pacific Northwest.  

Do you live in the Bend or Medford areas? If so, you can attend an in-person broadcast of the webinar followed by a local market discussion and Q&A with local Zero Energy home certification providers. Then join Energy Trust for an energy efficient home site visit afterward.

  • 9:00 AM -10:00 AM | The Cost Effective Pathway to Zero Energy Homes webinar in-person broadcast
  • 10:00 AM -10:30 AM | Zero Energy Homes & Your Local Market discussion and Q&A
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM |  Partner Event: Energy Efficient Home Site Visits in Bend and Medford (provided by Energy Trust of Oregon)

Please indicate in the registration form below if you would like to attend one or more of these events in Bend or Medford. Exact locations of the live broadcasts and site visits will be announced soon and provided via email prior to the webinar.

Questions? Contact Heather Kendall at or 503-968-7160 x20. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to achieve zero energy construction using the most cost-effective approaches available. 
  • Understand how utilizing integrated design process, passive house-inspired construction techniques, and energy modeling software can help project teams realize client's goals within a given budget.
  • Gain insights into how gas-heated homes can now qualify for Earth Advantage Zero Energy certification.
  • Educate your clients on what will really help them save energy versus what might drive the cost of construction out of reach.
  • Discover details for designing with solar PV, community solar options for homes without solar access, the potential role of home battery energy storage, and more. 

When & Where

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

Live Webinar 
In-person hosting of live webinar available in Bend & Medford (exact locations TBA)

CEs & Cost

Continuing Education 
CCB: 1 CE 

FREE - RSVP below   
(Regularly $19 - Made possible in part by the support of Earth Advantage sponsors) 


Architects, Builders, Developers, Engineers, Program Representatives, Raters/Verifiers, Remodelers, Subcontractors


Ryan Shanahan: Ryan is a Senior Green Building Consultant with Earth Advantage. He is a certified Passive House Consultant, one of three PHIUS+ Raters in the state of Oregon, a HERS Rater, and an ENERGY STAR verifier. He guides home builders through the planning and design phase all the way through completion to ensure that they utilize best practices and achieve Earth Advantage, ENERGY STAR, DOE Zero Energy Homes, indoor AirPLUS, Water Sense, LEED-H, or Passive House certification program standards. Before becoming a green building consultant, Ryan was a builder account manager and residential field rater for Earth Advantage. Ryan holds a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Design from Boston Architectural College.

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