What Do You Need to Know to Build a Net-Zero Energy Home?


Strategies to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes: A Framework for Future Guidelines Workshop Summary Report(51 page pdf, Nancy A. McNabb, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, April 2013)

Also discussed here: Strategies to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Homes(Science Daily, May 15, 2013)

Today we review a guide to build new homes or restructure old homes to achieve net zero energy which is defined as “buildings that generate as much energy through renewable means as is consumed by the building”.  The guide is broken down to address design technology and equipment as well as the challenge of resistance to change in terms of human behavior. Such adverse side effects of more air tight houses and the impact on indoor air quality are discussed.  The goal of the federal government is to realize 50% of all commercial buildings in the USA to be net zero by 2050.

netzero house

To see Key Quotes and Links to key reports about this post, click HERE

Enhanced by Zemanta
Advertisements

One Response

  1. One of the key areas of debate in zero energy building design is over the balance between energy conservation and the distributed point-of-use harvesting of renewable energy (solar energy, and wind energy. Most zero energy homes use a combination of the two strategies.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: