Achieving Net Zero: Renewable Energy Options to Get You There - EnerQuality

Achieving Net Zero: Renewable Energy Options to Get You There

Education Achieving Net Zero: Renewable Energy Options to Get You There

Learn to achieve net zero effectively with the technology available!

Join EnerQuality and Toronto and Region Conservation’s resident technical experts for a one day training workshop for builders on renewable energy options in the residential housing market, and mechanical systems that work in tandem to achieve net zero.

You’ve made the decision to build net zero, or are leaning that way, but would like to know more about how to achieve it effectively with the technology available.

This is a must-attend workshop for those building net zero homes or who would like to!

The first half of the day will provide a basic understanding of the ins and outs of Photovoltaic systems: their components, installation considerations, procuring contractors, cost vs payback, etc.  Keeping in mind that harvesting sunlight and converting it to electrical energy is only the first half of the equation needed to a meet a net zero home’s energy requirements, in the second half case studies by TRCA will highlight how strategies to leverage harvested solar energy can be used to optimize mechanical system performance.


About EnerQuality:
EnerQuality is Canada’s #1 certifier of energy efficient homes and the market leader in residential green building programs. Founded in 1998 by the Ontario Home Builders’ Association and the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance, EnerQuality’s mission is to accelerate housing innovation to improve building performance.

About TRCA:
Toronto and Region Conservation is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Working with municipalities and other partners, TRCA looks after the watersheds of the Toronto region and its Lake Ontario waterfront. The Sustainable Technologies group, within the TRCA, supports broader implementation of sustainable technologies and practices within a Canadian context.

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  • HBA member Early Bird price: $199 +HST
  • Non-member Early Bird price: $249 +HST

(after Nov 8 +$30)


BILD Offices
20 Upjohn
Toronto, ON

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Course Content:

Topics attendees will learn about include:

Electrical grid connection topology
Photovoltaic system technology
Installation considerations
Qualifying contractors
Qualifying materials

Mechanical Systems:
Heat pump basics,
Ground source heat pumps,
Air source heat pumps
Air source water heaters
Solar hot water systems
Hybrid energy systems


This workshop satisfies OAA and OBOA and other Continuing Education Credits

Who Should Attend:

Builders • Contractors • Architects • Project Managers • Developers • Realtors • Consultants • Technologists • All those responsible for building high performance homes


  • Svend De Bruyn

    Svend De Bruyn is a Sustainable Technologies Specialist at The Living City Campus. He is an advisor and consultant to industry and governments on photovoltaic and wind energy system best practices. He also advises on safety related issues for industry, government, municipalities and utilities. Svend designs and instructs a range of both photovoltaic (PV) and wind installation courses for both public and professional audiences. Svend has worked with the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP), a division of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, for 12 years and in that capacity has worked on numerous wind and PV test and research analysis projects.

    Before joining the TRCA, Svend worked for 25 years in the PV and wind industries where he was responsible for the sales, service & installation of renewable energy (RE) equipment. He also worked as a subcontractor to various RE companies, performing the installation of wind turbines and PV systems. He also acted as an RE consultant for the Canadian Wind Energy Association and was a part-time instructor of Renewable Energy at Durham College.

  • Erik Janssen

    Erik Janssen is a Senior Analyst with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP). For the past two years at STEP, Erik’s work has focused on the instrumentation, monitoring and performance analysis, of near-to-market heat pump and photovoltaic (PV) technologies. Technical reports by Erik are available on STEP’s webpage (, with current or recently finished work including a comprehensive study examining the performance of several GTA geoexchange systems, a performance evaluation of air-source heat pump water heaters and a power quality assessment of grid-tie solar PV inverters. Prior to STEP, Erik worked as a Laboratory Testing Specialist and Junior Engineer at Ecologix Heating Technologies Inc., a small-scale local manufacturer of innovative cold climate air-source heat pumps. His time at Ecologix was primarily spent collecting heat pump performance data in the company’s cold chamber laboratory for use in quality control and in the development of advanced control algorithms.

    He holds a M.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from McMaster University, where his research concerning the fabrication and characterization of novel silicon-based PV devices resulted in the publication of two conference papers at the highly-regarded Photovoltaic Specialist Conference. Erik also holds a Swedish Magisterexam in Solar Energy Engineering from the European Solar Engineering School (ESES) and a B.Sc. (Hon) in Physics.


If you have any further questions please contact our office at 416-447-0077 or via email at

Cancellation Policy:

EnerQuality endeavours to be as flexible as possible with our cancellation policy. In the event you are unable to personally attend a workshop, you may, with prior notice, substitute another representative from your company. A refund (less $50 administration fee) will be issued for cancellations made up to 14 days in advance of the workshop. Contractual obligations and agreements with third parties may require for the policy to be amended or revised from time to time. EnerQuality reserves the right to reschedule, relocate, or cancel events. Should this be required, we will provide prior notice to all registrants.