Energy Free Homes for a Small Planet

ISBN-10: 0976491133

ISBN-13: 9780976491132

Edition: 2009

Authors: Ann V. Edminster

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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.
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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386

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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