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Toward a Zero Energy Home : A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home - SCOTT - JOHNSTON, DAVID GIBSON

Toward a Zero Energy Home

A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home

Paperback Published: 27th April 2010
ISBN: 9781600851438
Number Of Pages: 256

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With energy costs continuing to rise 'zero energy homes' are latest big green building trend. A Zero Energy Home (ZEH) - a home that produces as much energy as it consumes - is an idea whose time has come! Authors David Johnston and Scott Gibson explore the design and construction of self-sufficient houses from start to finish. They: make the case for a ZEH; cite climate and geographic challenges; describe exactly how to go about building an energy-efficient home; and, feature ten houses that were built for zero energy living. With unequalled knowledge and a passion for the subject, the authors walk readers through the process of building and living in a truly green home.

"Zero Energy Homes offer a new direction for housing in America. David Johnston & Scott Gibson provide an analysis of the changing building industry and the impact of higher energy costs in their book "Toward a Zero Energy Home." Zero Energy homes represent a collaboration within the building industry of manufacturers of energy-efficient products, and avant-garde architects and builders. The market is beginning to demand buildings that go beyond conventional energy code and zero energy homes are starting to define the "new green" in the building industry. In "Toward a Zero Energy Home" learn about the techniques and materials used to construct zero or near-zero energy building with 12 case studies in different climate zones across the country." --greenbiz.com

"This comprehensive home energy self-sufficiency guide explores the design of zero-energy, near-zero-energy, off-the-grid and carbon-neutral homes from start to finish, giving readers an unparalleled look at these emerging trends in environmentally friendly building." --Mother Earth News

Introduction: The Case for Zero Energy Housesp. 2
The Building Envelopep. 10
Building Science 101p. 11
Learning from the Passive House Movementp. 18
The Diversity of Framing Practicesp. 26
Attic and Roofing Systemsp. 31
Insulation Choices and Strategiesp. 35
Testing the Buildingp. 36
Putting It Alt Togetherp. 41
Case Study: High Heatp. 42
Case Study: A Butterfly Home in the Cityp. 50
Case Study: Outside-in Retrofitp. 58
Passive Solar Designp. 64
Passive Solar in the 1970sp. 69
The Design Processp. 71
Choosing Glazingp. 73
Thermal Massp. 74
Solar Shadingp. 77
Principles of Passive Solar Designp. 78
Case Study: PassivHaus Retrofitp. 82
Case Study: Bringing 1887 into the 21st Centuryp. 88
Case Study: Target Zero House in Taosp. 96
Renewable Energyp. 102
From Sunlight Alone, Clean Electricityp. 104
Harnessing the Power of the Windp. 118
Making Hot Water with the Sunp. 126
Sizing a Renewable Energy Systemp. 134
Look at All the Renewable Energy Optionsp. 136
Case Study: The Good Life in Vermontp. 138
Case Study: The Next West Housep. 146
Case Study: High-End Lakeside Retrofitp. 154
Heating, Cooling, and Ventilationp. 164
Options for Heatp. 168
Heat Pumps Provide Both Heating and Coolingp. 168
Electric-Resistance Heat Can Work in a Net Zero Housep. 176
Wood and Other Forms of Biomassp. 180
Getting Heat Around the Housep. 183
Keeping the House Coolp. 186
Ventilation for a Healthy Housep. 188
Heating Waterp. 191
Case Study: A Solar Jewel in Boulderp. 194
Case Study: Reinventing the High Risep. 202
Case Study: All-Electric House: $1.16 a Dayp. 210
Living a Zero Energy Lifep. 218
It's Just Not Low Energy Billsp. 221
Gaining a New Appreciation for Energyp. 222
Mechanical Systems are More Complicatedp. 225
Fighting the Perceptions of High Costp. 226
Marketing the Zero Energy Housep. 228
A House That's Also a Classroomp. 232
Case Study: Affordable Housing Meets Zero Energyp. 233
Energy Modeling Softwarep. 242
Air Changes per Hour: 50 Pascals of Pressurep. 243
Resourcesp. 244
Creditsp. 246
Indexp. 248
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ISBN: 9781600851438
ISBN-10: 1600851436
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 27th April 2010
Publisher: Taunton Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 17.1  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.55