- Product # 071287
- Type Paperback
- ISBN 978-1-60085-143-8
- Published Date 2010
- Dimensions 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
- Pages 256
- Photos 240 full-color photographs and
- Drawings 45 drawings
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 (Green from the Ground Up) 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 unequaled knowledge and a passion for the subject, the authors walk readers through the process of building and living in a truly green home.
About the Author
A leader in the green building movement, David Johnston is the author of Green from the Ground Up, lecturer and keynote speaker, and founder of greenbuilding.com. He has received numerous awards for his work, including being named the Environmental Hero for 2004 by Interiors and Sources magazine and Builder of the Year by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Scott Gibson is a freelance writer specializing in building topics and a longtime contributing editor to Fine Homebuilding magazine. He is coauthor of Green from the Ground Up.
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- Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The case for zero-energy houses
a. Current and projected energy prices and trends: natural gas, electricity and heating oil
b. Home affordability: Energy spending as a proportion of average household spending, now and in the future
c. How energy economics and political uncertainty will contribute to price instability in the near future
2. What exactly is a zero-energy house?
a. Location and climatic conditions
b. How the building couples to the site
c. Tight building envelope
d. Insulation and air sealing
e. Ventilation and indoor air quality
f. Heating and cooling equipment basics
- Solar/hydrogen fuel cells (in the future)
3. Geographic and climate challenges
a. Determining loads
b. Percent possible sunshine
c. Wind speed and direction by season
d. Rainfall and time of year
4. Market factors
a. What is the demand for zero energy houses?
b. The finances of zero-energy construction
- Initial cost
- Maintenance and operating costs
c. What occupants have to say about their homes
5. How to build a zero energy house
a. Planning "zero waste"
b. Ground coupling effects
c. Foundation: Soil types, water tables
e. Roofing: Integrating solar
f. Doors and windows: Passive solar details
- DC or AC?
- Energy "dashboards"
- How smart can a house get?
- "Zero water"
- On-site waste treatment
i. Insulation: How much and where
6. Lifestyle and net-zero living
a. Electrical (load) management and consumption
b. Behaviorial impacts: the Prius effect
c. Choice and use of appliances
d. Conservation of resources
e. Community sustainability
7. ZEH certification
- A recommended read for homeowners and building design and construction professionals alike. Review by Stephen
Another great read on architecture and sustainability applied in action...
Check out Towards a Zero Energy Home by Scott Gibson and David Johnston. While a few years old, it's another book recommendation I want to share as we exit 2012 and segue into 2013.
Whether a curious homeowner looking to renovate, add on or build-new, or a seasoned design and building professional, this is one of the best books I've come across in the last year or so. It offers a pragmatic overview of why Zero Energy Homes are important, what they are and offers fascinating case studies from all over the country of how people just like us approach them. Especially interesting is the article towards the end on the Pill-Maharam house completed a few years ago in Charlotte, Vermont.
The book offers direction towards better energy efficient high performance home design, with practical explanations, ample illustrations and real world experiences of people doing their best within their means to lessen their impact and live more sustainably. What we're doing together really is a work in progress. We're trying hard and working to do better in 2013. The next generation deserves we give it our very best! With books like this we can't help but be well supported to do better.
(Posted on 12/31/12)
- Very advanced information Review by Terry
I was very inpressed with the up to date techniques this fine book had to offer. Some of the techniques are cutting edge,( like air admittance valves for venting plumbing without bringing cold air into the building envelope). I have about 40 years experiance of swinging a hammer and have been constructing energy efficient homes since around 1980 and I have to say, of all the publications that I have read in my carrear, this book has impresed me the most, with it's color pictures, easy to read text and cutting edge information.
(Posted on 7/22/12)
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