After presenting the fundamental concepts, design strategies, andtechnologies required to achieve net-zero energy in buildings, thebook discusses different design processes and tools to support thedesign of net-zero energy buildings (NZEBs). A substantial chapterreports on four diverse NZEBs that have been operating for at leasttwo years. These case studies are extremely high quality becausethey all have high resolution measured data and the authors wereintimately involved in all of them from conception to operating. Bycomparing the projections made using the respective design toolswith the actual performance data, successful (and unsuccessful)design techniques and processes, design and simulation tools, andtechnologies are identified.
Written by both academics and practitioners (building designers)and by North Americans as well as Europeans, this book provides avery broad perspective. It includes a detailed description ofdesign processes and a list of appropriate tools for each designphase, plus methods for parametric analysis and mathematicaloptimization. It is a guideline for building designers that drawsfrom both the profound theoretical background and the vastpractical experience of the authors.
Keywords: Energy Reduction