Instructor: Bonnie Prinse
Credit Hours: 1.00

Approval Number: J607NZD01


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Course Description


The prevailing industry perception is that zero energy is cost prohibitive and suitable only for showcase projects with atypical, large budgets; however, there is mounting evidence that zero energy can, in many cases, be achieved within typical construction budgets. This course is based on a guide produced from the findings at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO ensuring momentum behind zero energy buildings (ZEBs) and other low-energy buildings will continue to grow. It assembles recommendations for replicating specific successes of early adopters who have met their energy goals while controlling costs. The intent is to inspire confidence in building owners and project teams to change the way they view ZEBs.



Course Objectives


Upon successful completion participants will be able to:

  • evaluate cost control strategies by project phase (acquisition and delivery, design, and construction)
  • recognize life cycle cost impacts
  • integrate simple and passive efficiency strategies
  • examine cost trade-offs across disciplines


Instructor Bio


Ms. Prinse holds a BS Degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has pursued master degree studies in Aquatic Zoology at the University of South Florida. She has written scientific portions of impact statements for wetland/upland land delineation, endangered species studies, and water quality testing while employed with a civil engineering and architectural firm in Tampa, FL. Her experience in environmental studies and new construction lend itself to documentary film making, particularly environmental stories that have taken her to the Amazon in Peru and to Costa Rica. Most recently her involvement with earthen construction projects led to a video production showcasing the benefits of building “green.”



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