Design Professional's Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings
In the United States, direct energy use in buildings accounts for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions per year—more than any other sector. Buildings contribute to a changing climate and warming of the earth in ways that will significantly affect future generations. Zero net energy (ZNE) buildings are a practical and cost-effective way to reduce our energy needs, employ clean solar and wind technologies, protect the environment, and improve our lives. Interest in ZNE buildings, which produce as much energy as they use over the course of a year, has been growing rapidly.
In the Design Professional's Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings, Charles Eley draws from over 40 years of his own experience, and interviews with other industry experts, to lay out the principles for achieving ZNE buildings and the issues surrounding their development. Eley emphasizes the importance of building energy use in achieving a sustainable future; describes how building energy use can be minimized through smart design and energy efficiency technologies; and presents practical information on how to incorporate renewable energy technologies to meet the lowered energy needs. The book identifies the building types and climates where meeting the goal will be a challenge and offers solutions for these special cases. It shows the reader, through examples and explanations, that these solutions are viable and cost-effective.
ZNE buildings are practical and cost-effective ways to address climate change without compromising our quality of life. ZNE buildings are an energizing concept and one that is broadly accepted yet, there is little information on what is required to actually meet these goals. This book shows that the goal is feasible and can be practically achieved in mbuildings, that our construction industry is up to the challenge, and that we already have the necessary technologies and knowledge.
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Ventilation Strategies at the Y2E2 Building on the Stanford Campus
The Solar Spectrum and Glazing Transmission
Lighting Systems and Visual Comfort
Energy Model Taxonomy
Precision vs Accuracy
Converting PCI to zEPI
Integrated Project Delivery Commissioning
Overview of Commissioning Process
Typical ClosedLoop Control Sequence
What Exactly Is a Zero Net Energy Building?
Representative Lighting Power Density Limits from Standard 90 1
Heating Cooling Ventilation and Thermal Comfort
Heating and Cooling Technologies
HVAC System Applicability for Various Cooling Loads
How Low Can We Go?
EUIs for Typical Buildings at the Turn of the Millennium
Maximum Technical Potential EUIs for Building Types and Climates
The Future of RenewableEnergy Systems
Typical Solar Panels
Performance Comparisons for Various Orientations and Tilt
NearFlat Solar Array at Bullitt Center
Annual Solar Production per Square Foot of RoofSite Area
Evaluating ZNE before the Utility Bills Arrive
Monthly Electricity Use of a Zero Net Energy Residence
Energy Equivalents for Calculating Site Energy
Carbon Emissions from Energy Sources Delivered to the Building
Value of Renewable Energy Asset
California GridLevel Renewable Energy
Summary of OffSite Renewable Energy Options
Scaling Up the Concept
The World of Our Grandchildren
Examples of ZNE and EnergyEfficient Buildings
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