The Zero Energy Home Design Process

…of design. Customarily designers and architects may not specify certain energy-related details or may neglect to make certain decisions relating to energy performance strategies during the design phase, resulting in…

Twelve Steps to Affordable Zero Energy Home Design and Construction

Extremely Energy Efficient Homes Building and designing affordable zero energy homes – the ultimate in energy efficiency – involves 12 integrated steps that utilize commonly available building materials and equipment…

HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes

…unit.   How to Design an HVAC System HVAC system design includes three basic steps: calculating heat loss and gain, selecting equipment and designing duct runs. For each step in…

New Book Review: Design Professional’s Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings

…blueprint for designing Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings today that will effectively shape tomorrow’s built environment. It belongs in every conscientious designer’s library. —Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 203  …

Build / Design

With careful, cost-conscious design and construction, the price tag for a zero energy home after state and federal incentives are applied, may be 5 to 10% higher than a similar…

Design Strategies for Zero Energy Homes That Builders Will Thank You For

design process, engage the relevant building trades, including framers, insulators, plumbers, electricians and solar contractors, regarding the energy efficiency measures in the design and the most cost effective sequence for…

The Zero Net Energy Primer: A Guide to the Future of Home Design

…necessary design practices, the California Council of the American Institute of Architects has published a new guide, called the Zero Net Energy Primer Along with design tips, checklists, and diagrams,…

Choose Solar Tempering over Passive Solar Design

Recent advances in building materials and techniques have convinced designers of cost-effective zero energy homes to reduce emphasis on full passive solar design in favor of “solar tempering.” There are…

Interior Design Ideas for Living Big in Small Spaces

…walls or raising the roof. It’s amazing how creative interior design can expand the visual space and increase the comfort and utility of a small home. Here are some tips….

The Many Benefits of All-Electric Design

…simplified building process and greater homeowner satisfaction. With all these benefits, designers and builders should move to all-electric homes. Lower Construction Costs A study prepared for the Pacific Gas and…

Copenhagen To Be Carbon-Neutral, Design! Life Depends On It

…progress made in the building sector since issuing the 2030 Challenge in 2006, and outlines the critical role architects and designers must play in securing a livable future. Design! Life…

Resources for Builders and Designers

The technology involved in building and designing a cost-effective zero energy home is well established. The resources below provide the basic information needed for a successful zero home project. And…

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