30 Aug '14, 12pm

House Will Generate More Energy Than It Takes to Build It, Operate It and Charge a Car

House Will Generate More Energy Than It Takes to Build It, Operate It and Charge a Car

Designboom shows the latest building designed to the ZEB (Zero Energy Building) standard , perhaps the toughest and most interesting standard in the world. It is a demonstration project, a 2,200 square foot single family house in Norway designed by Snøhetta. How tough is this standard? By comparison, the Passivhaus standard sets a limit on how much energy a building can use, but doesn’t care what you build it out of, so many of them are full of foam insulation; ZEB takes the embodied energy of all the materials into account and has to generate “more energy than what was used for the production of building materials, its construction, operation and disposal.” As I noted in a post on PowerHouse Kjørbo , (also designed by Snøhetta) this standard would have a rough time in America. In America, the plastics industry would go crazy over a standard like this; In each square foot ...

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