Chapter 11


Net-zero dwellings reduce energy consumption and hold the potential to find equilibrium in power usage and generation by decreasing reliance on the electric grid. These houses divert the generation of power away from polluting, conventional power plants and into local, more sustainable and cleaner methods. Although there are many definitions of a net-zero home, it can be defined as a house that produces and returns as much energy to the grid as it uses.

An important factor to consider when designing a net-zero building is the method used to heat and cool the structure. Since typical mechanical systems account for around 55 per cent of the overall energy consumption, net-zero housing can only be successful if its ...

Get Innovative Houses now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.