The slowly recovering housing market is ready for a label that makes it easy for consumers to identify zero net-energy ready homes that are so efficient a small renewable energy system can offset most or all annual energy consumption. Constructing zero net-energy ready homes is relatively easy. Ensuring they consistently deliver affordability, comfort, health, safety, durability and quality-construction is the goal of the DOE Challenge Home specifications. In 2013 DOE Challenge Home is conducting Zero Net-Energy Ready Home training with our Sponsor Partners throughout the country. This 3.5-hour training provides builders with a comprehensive review of zero net-energy ready home construction including the business case, detailed specifications, and opportunities to be recognized as an industry leader. DOE Challenge Home is now accepting a select group of trainer partners to help conduct these sessions. Trainers have the opportunity to present the Zero Net-Energy Ready Home curriculum to builders, strengthen their knowledge, and network with DOE’s manufacturer and utility Sponsor Partners. To be eligible to serve as a trainer, an individual must be a professional building science trainer, a DOE Building America research team member, or a RESNET-accredited Training Provider. DOE will also consider other Raters or building science consultants with strong training backgrounds. DOE will screen all potential trainers for conflicts of interest. Candidates must also attend a DOE Challenge Home train-the-trainer session. The next train-the-trainer session will take place Tuesday February 26 at the RESNET National Conference in Orlando, FL. If you are interested in participating please contact DOE Challenge Home at DOEChallengeHome@newportpartnersllc.com. The training will be conducted by Sam Raskin, DOE and Jamie Lyons, Newport Partners. This training will only offered to 2013 RESNET Conference attendees. To register click on 2013 RESNET Conference The 2013.RESNET Building Performance Conference is a not-to-miss event.