California’s Central Coast continues to lead the way on pursuing Net Zero, sustainable communities. The role of the built environment in creating these communities is more critical than ever. As Title 24 Energy Standards move closer toward ZNE in 2020 for residential and 2030 for non-residential, local energy professionals came together to develop this Zero Net Energy Series. The goals of this series are to keep our design and construction industry ahead of the curve and share cost-effective strategies and innovative solutions for creating ZNE buildings right now. 


The Central Coast Chapters of the AIA and the US Green Building Council proudly presents the Zero Net Energy Workshop Series in conjunction with Allen Construction and In Balance Green Consulting. This 4-part educational program, starting Tuesday, January 9 and continuing on the second Tuesday of the month through April, is created for architects, designers, builders, engineers, educators, inspectors, developers and any others in the residential and non-residential building trades who are interested in creating Zero Net Energy Buildings. The series will cover how to design for Zero Net Energy including new technologies, "Top 10" strategies, practical approaches, and more. 


Topics include: 

Policy and Industry Trends for ZNE 

Climate Responsive Design for the Central Coast 

Heat Transfer, Air Sealing and Vapor Control for an Effective Envelope 

Heating and Cooling – Good, Bad and Be Wary 

Hot Water – Opportunities to Support True ZNE 

Ventilation for Health without Trashing Efficiency 

Other Energy Loads: Lighting, Plug Loads and Controls 

Renewable Energy and Storage Beyond the Wow Factor 

Opportunities in Energy Performance Modeling 

Monitoring: Does the Building Work? 

Q & A, at every session 


Session 1: ZNE on the Central Coast: What, When and How 


Session 2: Building Science for Effective ZNE 


Session 3: ZNE Technology as a Partner, Not a Crutch 


Session 4: ZNE Verification and Where We Go From Here 


Lead Presenters: 

Scott Nyborg, LEED AP, BPI, Allen Construction 

Jennifer Rennick, AIA, Certified Energy Analyst, In Balance Green Consulting 


Additional Presenters (partial list): 

Dave Houghton, ME, Avila Partners 

Stacey White, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Mode Associates 

John Ewan, CEA, Pacific Energy 

Paul Dunn, HERS Rater, Central Coast Energy Compliance 

Andy Pease, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, In Balance Green Consulting 


With a special welcome by San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon 


(See for more detailed content and list of speakers) 


Date: January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10th 

Time: 8-12 pm 

Address: 3765 S. Higuera St. #102 San Luis Obispo; Video conferencing available at various remote locations. 

Cost for the entire series is:  
$40.00 for HBA, AIA, ICC, and USGBC members. 

$60.00 for non-members. 

$15.00 for students. 

Contact: with any questions. 


Opportunity for Sponsorship 

We are currently seeking sponsorship for this series. If you would like to be a supporter of the entire series, a session, or a single presentation, contact and learn more about the benefits.  


  • Starting Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, repeated every month on the 13th until Tuesday, April 10, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


RRM Design Conference Room #102

3765 South Higuera Street #102
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401