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FEATURE: NET ZERO HOME

FROM THEORY TO REALITY:
OUR JOURNEY TOWARD
SUSTAINABILITY BUILDING
A NET ZERO HOME

BY TOM LAMBERT

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an you really build a net zero energy house
based on learnings from an online course?
The short answer is yes, and we have
CreekSide Net Zero to prove it!
My wife and I are often asked two
questions: Why did we build a net zero energy house
and how did we know how to build it? The "why" is
really an evolution of our values, of "walking the talk."
We have always been eco-minded and dreamed of
doing something with alternative energy to reduce
our carbon footprint. Our first thought was to simply
build an energy efficient retirement home without
completely understanding what that meant. Being
family-focused, we chose property in Pulaski, New
York, a few miles down the road from our daughter's
family with two energetic grandsons.
As for the "how," after I retired from Xerox in
2013, I spent a lot of time researching green building
and high performance houses. I visited informative
websites such as Green Building Advisor, Fine

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Homebuilding and Building Science Corporation.
Coming from an engineering background of welldefined design methodologies, I was eager to explore
and found it interesting how much discovery is still
taking place in the field of building science.
After many hours online and just "one more click,"
I found the NESEA and HeatSpring sites where I
was drawn to information on Marc Rosenbaum's
Zero Net Energy Homes course. This was our answer
to the "how." What better way to learn than to
be guided by a widely-recognized subject matter
expert like Marc, who could provide speedy tips and
practical knowledge based on actual experience,
and to benefit from the lessons learned from others
taking the course? Without hesitation, I signed up for
this 10-week BuildingEnergy Masters Series course
that covered everything from heat loss and energy
modeling to solar energy, infiltration and ventilation.
But our dream was bigger than just building a
net zero energy house. We also wanted a house



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016

From the Executive Director and Board Chair
New York City is Transforming Buildings for a Low Carbon Future
Does Electric Grid 2.0 Mean Energy Democracy?
Resiliency for Affordable Multifamily Housing: What We Have Learned and What We Still Need to Know
Break It or Lose It: Thermal Bridging in Rainscreen Systems
My PEI is Better Than Your PEI
Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design
From Theory to Reality: Our Journey Toward Sustainability Building a Net Zero Home
Solar Policy in the Northeast: What’s New, What’s Next?
BuildingEnergy Green Pages
Index to Advertisers / Ad.com
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - From Theory to Reality: Our Journey Toward Sustainability Building a Net Zero Home
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - Solar Policy in the Northeast: What’s New, What’s Next?
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - BuildingEnergy Green Pages
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