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    Energy Free Homes for a Small Planet

    ISBN-10: 0976491133
    ISBN-13: 9780976491132
    Author(s): Ann V. Edminster
    Description: Energy Freeis designed to equip building professionals and homeowners alike with a toolkit for creating homes that use no more energy than they produce—this means homes that are free from the vagaries of energy-price fluctuations and that help to  More...
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    Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 264
    Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.386
    Language: English

    Energy Freeis designed to equip building professionals and homeowners alike with a toolkit for creating homes that use no more energy than they produce—this means homes that are free from the vagaries of energy-price fluctuations and that help to free society of the high political and environmental costs of fossil fuels. Individuals and institutions have been working toward "zero-energy" homes for decades. This volume is the first record of those collective efforts, distilling their experience into a practical and comprehensive how-to guide. The author includes resource information and step-by-step guidance on how to make decisions that will yield an energy-free residential project, whether a single-family home or multifamily building, new or existing, in an urban or a rural setting. The unique needs and opportunities of each context are addressed. The principal topics include: Project boundaries (why you have to consider not only your home's behavior, but also your own) Prioritizing strategies (e.g., insulation vs. photovoltaics) Economics (including payback periods and incentives) How to minimize a building's energy needs How to minimize your energy needs How to power the energy needs that remain The critical role of integrated project planning Energy Freeoffers a wide array of resource information, including detailed window and insulation comparisons; assessments of the relative contribution of different building elements; and overall performance. It draws on research and empirical data from myriad sources, including the Department of Energy's Building America program; Sacramento Municipal Utility District's House of the Future; Passiv Haus Institute in Europe and the Passive House Institute of the U.S.; Florida Solar Energy Center; Living Building Challenge; Affordable Comfort, Inc.'s, Thousand Home Challenge; and many pioneering individual home projects across North America.

    List of Figures
    Acronyms and Abbreviations
    What's It All About?
    Why ZEH?
    Which Energy Use?
    Components of household energy use
    Personal transportation
    Other components of household energy use
    So, what to include?
    What Does It Mean To Be Net-Zero Energy?
    Off-grid, on-grid?
    Where is the energy produced?
    How is the energy measured?
    Choosing a definition
    How Do You Get There?
    Net-Zero Home Economics
    Making Choices Instead of Paying Premiums for Greener Buildings
    Net Cost of Ownership - Who Pays, Who Benefits?
    Homeowner-builder/long-term owner
    Speculative builder
    Multifamily affordable housing projects
    Bottom line
    Other Multifamily Findings
    Incentives and Innovative Financial Arrangements
    Payback- the Relative Cost-Efficiency of Various Options
    First, the conventional wisdom
    A contrarian view
    What about your project?
    Relative cost-effectiveness
    Integrated Design
    What Is Integrated Design, and Why Does It Matter?
    The Integrated Process
    Phases of the Process
    Phase 1. Setting Goals
    Phase 2. Building Your Team
    Phase 3. Launching the Process
    Phase 4. Promoting Teamwork
    Phase 5. Working through the Design
    Does Integrated Design Cost More?
    A Footnote about Construction
    Minimize the Energy Your Building Needs
    The Basics
    Size matters
    Form factors: the influence of context
    Enclosure Design
    What is a Passive House?
    Air sealing
    Walls, roofs, and floors
    Doors and windows
    Assemblies and layering
    Comfort Strategies and Systems
    Prioritizing Elements
    Hot Water
    Water heating equipment
    Hot water delivery
    Drain water heat recovery
    Hot water use
    Multifamily considerations
    Minimize the Occupants' Energy Needs
    Major Appliances
    Induction cooktops
    Clothes washers and dryers
    Table and standing lamps
    Using your lights
    Water Use
    Pools and spas
    Using less
    Household Gadgets
    Be aware and buy wisely (or not at all)
    After buying: tips for minimizing plug loads
    Managing Heating and Other Systems
    Monitoring and Behavior
    Simple plug-in electric meters
    Whole-home electricity monitors
    Smart electric metering dashboards
    Multi-system dashboards
    Occupant Education
    Power the Rest
    Solar Hot Water
    Do you need separate storage?
    Estimating hot water demand and storage
    Estimating collector size
    Choosing a collector
    Passive or active? Open loop or closed?
    Should you include a solar thermal system?
    Other applications
    Renewable Electricity
    Fuel choices; all-electric?
    Solar Electricity: Photovoltaics
    PV options
    System sizing
    Wind Turbines
    Building-integrated wind
    Turbine selection
    Backup Power
    Other Options
    Choosing a Renewable System
    Community Issues
    Resources / Bibliography
    Case Study Resources
    National High-Performance Home Programs
    Green Building Advisor

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