Next Gen Zero
Tuesday, October 20 | 2:00 PM Central
Sam Rashkin - Chief Architect at U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office and Jamie Lyons, P.E. - Newport Partners
It's hard to believe that the original DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program requirements are already over 7 years old. Over this time, they have been adopted by hundreds of builders as well as affordable housing programs, local codes, and state Stretch Codes. This includes over 6,000 certified homes encompassing custom, production, modular, affordable, multifamily, and even a few tiny homes throughout the United States. Over this same time period, there’s been a huge surge of state and local policies to achieve greater levels of energy efficiency and emissions reductions. In addition, new innovations for building enclosures, lighting, ventilation, heating/cooling, IAQ and many other areas have arrived in the marketplace or are coming soon. And most recently, the 2021 IECC has raised the bar further to continue the push for energy efficiency in new U.S. homes. This is all to say, it’s time to look at new changes for Zero Energy Ready Home. During this session, we’ll review potential updates to program specs that would deliver meaningful, cost-effective improvements in energy efficiency, building performance, and resilience. Potential timelines for "DOE ZERH 2.0" updates will be discussed, and stakeholder feedback will be solicited along the way. Join us for a look at the exciting future for housing. It keeps getting better.