17 Apr '17, 12am

11 Tips for Net-Zero-Energy Building Design:

11 Tips for Net-Zero-Energy Building Design:

Building and designing affordable net-zero-energy (NZE) homes involves several integrated steps. NZE can use commonly available building materials and equipment, along with easy-to-learn building strategies. Smart Design Smart design is crucial, as the design will dictate everything else that follows. Good design includes understanding the site’s benefits and limitations. Simplifying the building footprint and roofline can also be part of smart, efficient, and cost-effective building. Use Energy Modeling During design, energy modeling software should be used to estimate the home’s energy use. Based on the results, design choices can be made or modified to balance building performance and construction cost. Super-Seal the Building Envelope Super-sealing the building envelope is the most cost-effective measure for improving the energy efficiency of an NZE home. Several prove...

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