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The Propane Education & Research Council’s Propane Training Academy has a new online course available for download that gives architects and builders an overview of key strategies for designing and building zero net energy (ZNE) homes.

The online course, Introduction to Zero Net Energy Homes: Opportunities to Leverage High Efficiency Propane Systems, will count toward continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects, National Association of Home Builders, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Builders and architects can download the course for free here.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will understand:

  • What ZNE homes are and how “zero” may be defined.
  • The current U.S. market of ZNE homes.
  • General design strategies for ZNE homes.
  • Opportunities to use mixed-fuel design strategies in ZNE or “zero energy ready” projects.

“This course provides a way for architects and builders to stay competitive in a market that continues to trend towards environmental sustainability, as more than 30,000 zero net energy projects are in planning this year alone,” said Jesse Marcus, PERC director of residential and commercial business development. “High-efficiency propane appliances are paramount in reducing a home’s total energy consumption and emissions while still providing the quality and comfort homeowners expect from their appliances.”

To access its library of online courses, participants must first register for free to become a member of the Propane Training Academy, by visiting

For more information on how propane can increase energy efficiency in residential homes, visit

Gregg Walker
Propane Education & Research Council

Jeff Salem
Swanson Russell


About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit