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Advanced Designs for Net-Zero Energy and Low-Carbon Buildings

  • 29 May 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • GoToWebinar or WebEx platform (link sent to registered participants up to 4 days prior to the event)
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Professional Development Course

Advanced Designs for Net-Zero Energy and Low-Carbon Buildings

(3 Professional Development Hours (PDHs))



Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 (registration closes on Tuesday May 28th, 2024 at 12 noon)

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT - Online ASHRAE Instructors-led Course

Course Summary

This advanced course is for professional engineers and architects who want to expand their practice to include the design, construction, and operation of zero energy (net zero) buildings. The course will begin with a definition of such a building. The first principle of zero energy design is to make the building as energy efficient as possible. On-site renewable energy systems will then be added to achieve these efficiency goals. If adequate on-site zero energy is not feasible, then options for off-site renewable energy should be explored. The test for zero energy is at the energy meter, so proper commissioning and operator training are critical to success. The zero energy principles outlined above will be presented with case studies and examples showing how other design professionals have met the zero energy goal.


Ghina Annan M.Eng Applied Energy, CEM, LEED AP, WELL AP, LFA

Ghina Annan is a Stantec Associate, and a Decarbonization Business Lead with expertise in high-performance building design and a focus on net-positive regeneration. She is designated as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, recipient of ASHRAE YEA Inspirational Leader award 2024, recipient of the 2022 Association of Energy Engineering (AEE) International Young Energy Professional of the Year Award and Climate Action Leadership Award for the 2023 Women in Energy Awards. As the ASHRAE committee chair for the Building Decarbonization Whole Life Design Guide, she actively contributes to the development of guidelines focused on whole life carbon considerations for building systems. Ghina's significant contributions to the ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook, particularly in the chapter on global climate change, were recognized and published in 2021. Ghina is also a member of the United Nations Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Heat Pumps Technical Options Committee (RTOC)—contributing to the 2023 Energy Efficiency Working Group. This working group plays a vital role in assessing and advancing energy efficiency measures and technologies within the industry. Additionally, Ghina has more than a decade of experience working on iconic projects throughout the Middle East and around the world. 

Course Materials and Continuing Education Credits

This course will be presented through the GoToWebinar or WebEx platform. Course registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions on how to log in to the course and how to obtain the course materials. The course presentation will be made available prior to the course date. Attendees will receive the 3 hour online course, a copy of presentation and 30 days access to recorded version.

Electronic copies of the course evaluation form and Certificates of Attendance referencing Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be made available to the course attendees.

Use of the materials is limited to the above course on the specified dates. Course materials may not be sold, shared or otherwise distributed independently of the above licensed course. Use of ASHRAE content may not be done in a way that will state or imply ASHRAE endorsement of any proprietary service or commercial product. This permission should not be construed that ASHRAE is waiving any copyright protection or other rights entitled to its intellectual property. 

Please feel free to reach out if you need assistance:

Sandeep Mendiratta

ASHRAE Toronto CTTC Chair


Dragos Paraschiv

Doug Waterston


ASHRAE Toronto Chapter, 4936 Yonge Street. #2748, Toronto, M2N 6S3

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