Case Study for a Zero Energy Home (Cold Climate)

The following references provide design information for a 1,280-square-foot, three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver zero energy home that combines envelope efficiency, efficient equipment, appliances and lighting, and passive and active solar features to reach the zero energy goal.

Denver's Zero Energy Home (Habitat for Humanity)

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One Response to Case Study for a Zero Energy Home (Cold Climate)

  1. A. Siegel says:

    The Home Energy Diet should be required reading of every home owner in the United States. For a variety of reasons — aging heating system, concern over potential fuel costs, and other reason’s — started looking into what I could be doing to improve my home’s energy efficiency. I bumped into Home Energy Diet in the library … and started to learn a lot and much of that learning has direct relevance to my own home. For example, Scheckel’s material and explanations highlighted to me some serious problems in my attic insulation and ventilation that I simply was not aware of — previously, I thought that it was reasonably well insulated. This drove me to a trip to the hardware store and an afternoon of work. With the first snow of the season, the ‘roof’ is proving that this work changed how my house is operating just how Scheckel’s description said it would.

    Of great interest was the opening section, which provides a discussion of the ‘energy system’ in the United States, which is important background for understanding how one’s home links into the large system. As part of that, roughly 20% of the nation’s energy use is in homes. If every American home owner read this book and made minimal investments based on it, the nation could see a rapid cut in energy use — through efficiency rather than any reduction in lifestyle.

    While everything in this book can be found elsewhere, this is a clear and relatively comprehensive discussion of key household energy issues. (And, if necessary, one can quickly track down more detail on other issues.) I’ve already recommended this book to over 50 people directly … And, while I originally got this from the library, I find it of such use that I’ve bought a copy to have around as reference material …

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