Constructing Zero Energy On Budget – design, challenges & opportunities




     Wednesday, September 9th 2015
    Promptly at Noon


This presentation is focused on the construction of single family homes that produce the same amount of energy as they consume. We will discuss the basic design elements of Zero Energy Homes (ZEH) and examine several case studies with the focus on advanced building methods to achieve construction on budget with high energy performance in NY State climate. We will also address both the opportunities and challenges created by the operational environment – consumers, contractors, real estate agents, market, culture and polices; and contrast US and Worldwide systems.

Learning Objectives:

After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Construction Methods – describe most current available materials and advanced construction methods for ZEH in US and abroad
  • Sustainable Construction on Budget – identify major components of successful design and construction that achieve high energy performance on budget
  • Collective Wisdom – conclude on what practice could be applied in NY State, based on available worldwide practices and products, while having in mind climate, market and building codes
  • Regional Design and Connectivity- compare differences between NY State advanced construction methods and World countries

  This course has been approved for 1 AIA LU.


This education session may be self-reported by LEED Professionals for one GBCI CE.  LEED Professionals are permitted to self-report unlimited education hours for presentations relevant to green building.


Register via the link to the left.  You will need to log-in with your email address and create a profile if you have not already done so.  You must use the email address associated with your Chapter membership account in order to receive the member’s rate for registration.  Advance registration fees: $10 for Chapter members and AIA ENY members. $15 for the general public. $10 for students. SUNY Albany students and staff are free. (PLEASE REGISTER TO RECEIVE LOGIN INFORMATION).

About the Presenter:

Dragana Vlatkovic has studied structural engineering in Europe and design in USA. She worked as a lead designer for few big national firms before opening up her own design company. Since the company founding, her work has been exclusively focused on design and construction of smaller size homes for owners wishing to grow-n-place with flexible living arrangements. Her expertise is in advanced concrete and wood building methods, that also includes use of prefabrication. As a result of careful project design, technology used and project management; each project represents a successful blend of very tight budget, sustainable materials and energy savings.
Dragana is a guest speaker and teaches courses on sustainable and universal design. She is a member of AlA, AEE, Citizens Environmental Coalition, Building Green, U.S. Green Building Council, International Code Council and others.

Thank you to UAlbany for providing a beautiful room and excellent technical support for our Capital District Sustainable Speaker Series events in 2015.

Sponsor opportunities are available.  Contact Jodi at [email protected] for information.

Thanks to our chapter sponsor partner: