The Challenges of Net-Zero
On Demand
Address the feasibility of net-zero energy buildings and the strategies needed to achieve one.




Return to BUILDINGSVIP home pageA net-zero energy building sounds good on paper, but how do you reach this goal in real life?  A combination of good building design and renewable energy is the key.  This webinar will address the feasibility of net-zero energy buildings and the strategies needed to achieve one.


Learning Objectives
  • Establish a framework for approaching a multi-project, multi-building campus improvement plan – setting benchmarks, strategizing, modeling outcomes, and maintaining timelines and a tight budget with an ambitious energy performance goal.
  • Define different technical options (envelope, lighting, daylighting, HVAC) available – in new construction, renovations, and in renewables – reaching for net zero goal and how they were evaluated and chosen.
  • Understand how human factors in environmental design can influence design choices before construction and help evaluate decisions after, providing the energy use and comfort data required for evidence-based decisions on future campus planning.



John D. Diffenderfer
Principal, AEDIS Architecture and Planning


As Principal of AEDIS Architecture & Planning, John has overseen large and complex school construction programs. He leads AEDIS’ push for greener schools by continually educating clients about the positive impact that high-performing buildings have on the environment, student and teacher performance, and operational costs. His work designing the first “Net-Zero Energy/Net-Zero Emissions” public school facility in the California is proof of his successful advocacy for sustainable schools.


John is a LEED® Accredited Professional (BD+C), the 2008-2011 chair of the AIA Santa Clara Valley Committee on the Environment and is currently Co-Chair for the USGBC NCC Green Schools Committee. His recent guest speaker appearances include: Greenbuild 2010 and West Valley Community College’s "Principles of Sustainable Design".


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