(The 2-day Building Science Workshop and the CHBA Net Zero Builders Workshop are pre-requisites to participate in this Workshop)

Workshop Dates

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In this course participants learn the latest developments on approaches to Net Zero/Ready renovations focused on ensuring customer comfort and satisfaction. Attendees will review the Net Zero/Ready design principles, equipment options, emerging technologies, and construction practices and learn to identify the performance gap between “existing” homes and new net zero homes. This course reflects the advancements in technology and innovations in the Canadian housing industry.

Topics to be covered in this Workshop are

  • Understand how to assess ideal candidates for Net Zero Renovations.

  • Learn how to work with a CHBA Qualified Energy Advisor to achieve the Net Zero Label for a renovation.

  • Receive reference Net Zero/Ready Home case studies for each Canadian climate zone.

  • Identify how varying client motivations for pursuing a Net Zero Renovation could result in different approaches.

  • Know the history of energy retrofit incentives as well as some of the unintended consequences of those programs.

  • Discover how homes were built in different decades and how this impacts a Net Zero Renovation.

  • Learn how to adjust Net Zero renovation plans to different budgets and stage renovations over time.

  • Understand how to determine if an interior or exterior approach is advisable/cost-effective.

  • Hear how energy monitors can be used as sales tools with existing homeowners.

  • Understand how a small PV array on a Net Zero Ready home can support the renovation and customer goals.

  • Know how to provide preliminary estimates of PV generation prior to engaging experts.

  • Meet peer renovators engaged in deep energy renovations.

  • Have tools and tips for promoting Net Zero Renovations on social media.

  • Learn how to approach the complex safety issue that can occur with existing fireplaces in deep energy retrofits.

  • Describe the differences between a home renovated to Net Zero and a home built to meet the CHBA Net Zero Home Labelling Program Requirements.



Lauren Lipka, Energy Efficiency Manager, Trainer, and Consultant CHBA-NB

This Workshop is Sponsored in Part by:


EnerGuide, ENERGY STAR® and R-2000 are official marks of Natural Resources Canada and used with permission. CHBA Net Zero and Net Zero Ready are official marks of the Canadian Home Builders' Association and are used with permission.

Workshop Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received prior to the registration deadline to receive a refund. All cancellations received after the deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

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