Net Zero Energy Building Design
For an extensive list of projects in north america see the new buildings institute s getting to zero buildings database.
Net zero energy building design. For sustainable homes and buildings1 a net zero energy nze building envelope is key to reducing energy use and saving money. William maclay faia has a mission. Leading edge design and construction of homes and buildings for a renewable energy future chelsea green publishing 2014.
Space heating and air conditioning equipment normally have the highest energy consumption among building systems. Net zero energy is a concept in green building that focuses on achieving a state where the energy being used by the building is expected to be balanced by the energy produced by the building. Design and analysis of a net zero energy commercial office building in a hot and humid climate.
A thesis presented to the graduate school of the university of florida in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of master of science. We can do it one home one building and one community at a. Energy efficiency is generally the most cost effective strategy with the highest return on investment and maximizing.
One increasingly prevalent strategy is in the design of net zero energy buildings something architects can begin implementing relatively quickly in ground up residential projects and retrofits. To achieve a net zero energy building we need to transform the way we think about the design of a building to optimize the use of passive renewable resources i e. Regardless of the definition or metric used for a net zero energy building minimizing the energy use through efficient building design should be a fundamental design criterion and the highest priority of all nzeb projects.
Net zero energy is an ambitious goal for any building one that can t be achieved without scrupulous attention to every aspect of a building s design construction and operation. The energy consumption of the building should be minimized first reducing the generation capacity required to reach net zero operation. This is not to be confused with net zero carbon status a related but different concept.
We have the technology tools and knowledge we need to do this right now he writes in his book the new net zero. To make net zero energy buildings the new normal. In the design professional s guide to zero net energy buildings charles eley draws from over 40 years of his own experience and interviews with other industry experts to lay out the principles for achieving zne buildings and the issues surrounding their development.
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