Net Zero Energy for New Construction (CANADIAN)


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Intermediate Level

7 Modules

16–20 Hours

This course introduces concepts and techniques for developing high-performance and net zero energy new construction projects

Course Overview

Built Green Net Zero Energy for New Construction is a partner project between Built Green Canada and Blue House Energy.

This course introduces concepts and techniques for developing high performance and net zero energy new construction projects. In addition to advanced envelope and mechanical system content, the course includes discussion on how occupant behaviour impacts the overall energy use in a house, and affects the sizing of renewable energy systems.

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Important Details

  • This course takes 16-20 hours to complete (including reviews, quizzes, etc.)

  • The course has 7 modules. Each module has a quiz at the end

  • You need at least a 70% in each quiz to proceed to the next module (there is no limit on attempts)

  • Once you pass the last module you take the final test (you may only take once)

  • A grade of at least 70% earns you a Blue House Energy Certificate of Achievement

  • Like all BHE courses, you have access for 12 months

  • The course is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. It works on tablets, but it’s really hard to see all the details on a phone!

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Net Zero Energy Housing is a continuing education course for members of Built Green Canada (BGC). Contact the BGC office ( or 1-855-485-0920) for your discount code

If you are a CHBA member looking for training in CHBA’s Net Zero Home Labelling Program, click here.


Module 1: Introduction

  • High Performance Housing
  • Codes & Energy Efficient
  • Housing
  • High Performance Programs
  • When it Goes Wrong
  • Anticipating Change

Module 2: Advanced Building Envelope

  • Overview
  • Framed Walls Above Grade
  • Roofs and Ceilings
  • Foundations

Module 3: Advanced Mechanical Systems

  • System Types
  • System Sizing
  • Ventilation

Module 4: Domestic Hot Water (DHW)

  • Equipment
  • Reducing DHW loads

Module 5: Occupant Behaviour & Baseloads

  • Occupant Behaviour
  • Reducing Water Usage
  • Reducing Electrical Usage

Module 6: Passive Solar Design

  • Fundamental Concepts
  • Overview of Solar Design
  • Implementing Solar Design

Module 7: Renewable Energy Systems

  • General Principles of Renewable Energy
  • Solar Thermal Systems
  • On-site Generation

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics of net zero energy and high performance new construction

  • Provide examples of envelope assemblies and systems suitable for net zero energy and high performance housing

  • List advanced mechanical systems suitable for net zero energy construction

  • Explain the impact of occupant behaviour on energy use and reaching net zero energy targets

  • Discuss, at a high level, the properties and features of residential renewable energy systems

Credit Value

This course is approved for the following Credits/Points:

Built Green Canada: 20 CPDs