Project Ideas – Zero Energy Homes

A ZEH combines state-of-the-art, energy efficient construction techniques and equipment

with renewable energy systems to return as much energy as it takes on an annual basis.

Goal:

Reduce carbon footprint

•Increase energy efficiency

Steps to a Successful Zero Design Home

1.Decrease the energy requirements for space heating, cooling and water heating.

2.Increase the efficiency of the furnace (or heat pump), and the air-conditioner.

3.Install a solar hot water pre-heat system, an efficient backup water heater, and an efficient distribution system.

4.Install efficient lighting fixtures.

5.Install efficient appliances.

6.Install a properly sized photovoltaic (PV) system.

7.Turn off lights, computers, and appliances when not in use.

Zero Energy Homes

By

Anuja Chockalingam

Surabhi Satam

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