Moving Toward Zero Energy Homes Workshop

June 20, 2008 - Albuquerque, NM

On June 20, 2008, SWEEP and the State of New Mexico Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department, Energy Conservation & Management Division co-hosted a workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Moving Toward Zero Energy Homes. The workshop focused on constructing high performance homes, including ‘net-zero energy' homes that produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. 

The workshop provided a forum to learn about and discuss the features, cost and performance of highly efficient homes, and to develop strategies for increasing the adoption of more efficient homebuilding practices in New Mexico. The workshop attracted approximately 50 participants, representing custom and production home builders, energy efficiency and renewable energy industry consultants, architects, and state and local officials.  The workshop was sponsored by PNM Resources.  

Presentations highlighted the features, performance and cost-savings of high performance homes, technical assistance resources available for homebuilders, such as utility incentive programs, and advanced technologies that are beginning to be introduced into the home building industry, including Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), integrated solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, and indirect-direct evaporative cooling equipment. Representatives from the State of New Mexico described incentive programs and training resources available to homebuilders, including the Sustainable Buildings Tax Credit, and plans for future programs to support high performance homes in New Mexico.

A roundtable discussion was held, in which participants discussed barriers to high performance homes in New Mexico, and developed recommendations for next steps.  Suggestions included expanding utility incentive programs to support highly efficient homes, training appraisers and realtors about the value of high performance homes, and how to effectively market them, working with homebuilding industry suppliers to encourage them to stock more efficient products and equipments, and providing increased training for builders, contractors and trades.  Below you will find links to all of the materials and presentations from the June 20th workshop.

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