Thursday, December 16, 2010
Zero Net Energy Home (ZNEH)
A zero Net Energy Home is a home which, over the course of a year, will produce at least as much energy as it uses. A ZNEH can generate energy via a variety of sources. The Yannell House’s energy systems include solar voltaic panels to generate electricity, solar-thermal water and space heating, geo-thermal heating and cooling, and passive solar heating. The house’s superior thermal envelope, a central Zero Net Energy principle, minimizes the heating and cooling requirements of the home.
Why Building Green?
Building Green is more than specifying solar panels. Building green
* Minimizes adverse effects on local, regional, and global ecosystems.
* Reduces reliance on automobiles.
* Promotes energy efficiency and minimizes the use of fossil fuels.
* Ensures that both structures and grounds are designed to conserve water.
* Uses low environmental impact construction materials.
* Is durable and can be maintained with minimal environmental impact.
* Is comfortable, safe, and healthy for the occupants.