2017-2018 Path to Net Zero Energy

Workshop Series

ACAT is thrilled to once again offer the Path to Net Zero Energy workshop series. Net Zero Energy (NZE) buildings are homes and businesses that produce as much energy as they use. The workshop series is about finding your own path to Net Zero Energy with energy efficiency and renewable energy.


You’re invited!

ACAT ANNUAL MEETING

1:00-4:00 pm Oct. 21
Cynosure Brewing • Anchorage
144 E. Potter Drive
Potluck • Board elections •
Net Zero in Alaska Presentations

October 21 is this year’s Alaska Center for Appropriate Technology’s annual meeting at Cynosure Brewing (144 E Potter Drive Unit E).  Bring a dish, share your stories, and hear updates on Net Zero Energy in Alaska and ACAT members’ own Net Zero projects.

  • Potluck
  • Board elections
  • Details on upcoming workshops
  • Net Zero Energy Presentations
    • New Technologies Presentation
    • Solar Decathlon Update
    • Living Building Challenge (RuralCap)

Getting to Zero Energy

November 4, 2017 • 1:00-5:00pm • Mat-Su College FSM Room #202 Palmer, Alaska

COST: $20 for ACAT members |$40 for non-ACAT members | Additional fee for CEU credits of $20/credit

indexLED_deletesoonDESCRIPTION: Electricity use is a substantial portion of our energy use and cost in our homes. Join architect and energy auditor Jason Collins for this workshop on zeroing out your electric bill. This includes looking at lighting, appliances, heating and more from the easiest and most cost effective changes to lower your bill to the more in-depth switches. We will look at real world examples as well as invite you to bring in your own bill and analyze ways to reduce it. Finally, this workshop will cover how to offset your electrical use with solar power. 
**This workshop qualifies for 2 CEU credits for residential endorsement.**

COST: $20 for ACAT members | $40 for non-members Additional fees for CEU credits
MORE INFO: sjnowers@mtaonline.net or 907.229.1982

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PAST WORKSHOPS

May 6, 2017 Heat Pumps for Alaska Webinar

Heat pumps, which efficiently heat homes using electricity, are an option Alaskan contractors builders, businesses and homeowners should know about. In Maine, more than 17,000 heat pumps have been installed in the past 3 years saving homeowners thousands of dollars in heating costs in locations down to minus 15 degrees. This workshop covered Maine’s experience including installation, economics, and operation of this well-established, technology from people currently using heat pumps in Alaska. MORE DETAILS & PRESENTATION

March 24, 2017 Brewing up Zero Energy Homes in Alaska

Fairbanks Mayor Karl Kassel and Bruno Grunau, of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, talked about their Fairbanks homes which have a fraction of the energy bills of a typical home. They discussed the building costs, building techniques, and what they have seen in savings on their electric and heating bills as well as the additional comfort they have experienced from living in a Net Zero Energy and Zero Energy Ready home.  MORE DETAILS & PRESENTATION

Oct. 15, 2016 How to Zero Your Electric Bill

Long time Palmer-based Architect Jason Collins, a certified Energy Auditor and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, provided a step-by-step overview on how to reduce your electric bill starting with lighting and plug loads and down to appliances  and heating. He used his own house as an example which he took from an average of 26kwh/day down to 3kwh/day, saving the homeowners about $1,500 a year. He also discussed factors to consider for offsetting your electrical use with solar power. MORE DETAILS & PRESENTATION

May 6, 2016 Commercial LED Lighting for Alaska

indexLED_deletesoonThank you to Dave Inman for a terrific workshop on Commercial LED Lighting. This workshop was geared toward installers, commercial and industrial building owners and government officials interested in the options, pitfalls, and potential cost savings from various LED lighting options. MORE DETAILS & PRESENTATION

Feb. 26, 2016 and April 23, 2016 Solar Works in Alaska

This workshop covers the costs, installation, and the technical, site and safety issues to consider and evaluate in setting up your solar electric power system. Learn from presenters who have installed systems and from real data on payback and performance of other on-grid and off-grid systems up and running in Alaska. MORE

May 2, 2015: Navigating Your Path to Net Zero Energy

This hands-on workshop with architect Jason Collins was a chance to get expert personal help with the details of your own building projects. This is a repeating class.

Feb. 20 & 21,2015: Heating & Ventilation Systems for NZE Homes

Come learn about Net Zero homes and Passive House construction, focusing on the heating and ventilation of ultra efficient buildings in cold climates. We will be discussing the necessary types of heating systems for these buildings, focusing on Heat Pump technology, Masonry Heaters, Solar Thermal and Heat Storage. In addition we will be discussing proper ways to ensure healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), with the use of a new generation of HRV/ERV technologies. MORE

Jan. 23 & 24, 2015: Building a Net Zero Energy Home in Southcentral Alaska

This workshop covered benchmarks and design elements of NZE homes, focusing on details appropriate to homes in Southcentral Alaska. MORE

November 21 & 22, 2014: Intro to Net Zero for Cold Climates

Net Zero Energy (NZE) homes are a growing market nationwide with hundreds of NZE homes being built every year, and contractors now offering an NZE option for their customers. Attendees learned more about this emerging market nationwide as well as heard case studies of projects in Alaska and got an overview of some of the basic design and construction strategies for Alaska for achieving very low and/or net zero energy (NZE) use in both new construction and retrofit projects. MORE

April 25 & 26, 2014: Getting to Net Zero Effectively in Production & Custom Homes

Net Zero Energy homes produce as much energy as they use. Massachusetts-based Net Zero Energy builder R. Carter Scott and his company Transformations, Inc. have been featured in Fine HomeBuilding Magazine and Solar Today for their work building Net Zero Energy communities that produce as much energy as they use. Join us for this workshop with Carter to hear what he has done and cover the basics of “Getting to Zero Energy” in a cold climate for builders and homeowners.

March 28, 2014: Zero Energy Building – Affordability and Future in Home Construction

Peter Amerongen, President of Habitat Studio and Workshop, Ltd. and one of Canada’s Leading Green Builders, presented on Net Zero Building from design to affordability in this 2-hour webinar targeted at professional home builders and those interested in Net Zero building. MORE

Feb. 22, 2014: How To Wrap It Up with REMOTE WALLS – Comfortable & Cozy in Your Super Insulated Home

Energy Consultant Margaret Subers gave this hands-on workshop on REMOTE Wall Systems at Mat-Su College.

Jan 10 & 11, 2014 “Building a Happy Home: Comfortable, Efficient & Affordable”

Certified Passive House consultant & Anchorage homeowner Matt Oster discussed the details of how he created a more comfortable energy efficient home and reduced his heating costs by 83%. MORE INFO

Nov. 1-2, 2013: Practical Solutions for Building Net Zero Energy in Alaska

Fairbanks builder Thorsten Chlupp & Passive House expert Prudence Ferreira offered a wealth of information and experience  looking at Net Zero Energy building in Alaska, including homes Thorsten has built in Fairbanks. MORE INFO

Oct. 19, 2013: Navigating Your Path to Net Zero Energy

Thanks to Jason Collins for leading us through a comprehensive exercise on navigating a path to Net Zero Energy on our own project, whether it be a retrofit or new construction.  We will be offering this workshop again in the future. If you missed it and want to be notified when it’s offered again, email Stephanie at sjnowers@mtaonline.net

Sept. 27 & 28, 2013: Intro to AHFC’s 6-Star Rating

This was a great workshop. Many thanks to Scott Waterman, with Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), who presented details on a significant addition to the Alaska building energy rating system – the new 6-star energy rating. Here are some links with additonal information.

Energy_Use_PublicFacilities Report (2012)
This report gives an in-depth picture of the energy use of public buildings in Alaska. By looking at comprehensive energy audits of 327 out of an estimated 5,000 public facilities, researchers found that the average building can save $25,000 per year on energy just by modest investments in efficiency.

See details and Powerpoints from past presentations on our archive pages here.


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