Home Sweet Zero Energy Home: What It Takes to Develop Great Homes that Won't Cost Anything to Heat, Cool or Light Up, Without Going Broke or Crazy

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Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design, and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy as the new residential standard for 2020; many other governments are considering similar policies. Developing zero energy homes is the first step towards making all buildings zero energy—a critical step in mitigating climate change, since buildings account for forty percent of ...

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Overview

Zero energy homes produce at least as much energy as they consume through a combination of energy efficiencies, passive design, and renewable energy production. California has adopted zero net energy as the new residential standard for 2020; many other governments are considering similar policies. Developing zero energy homes is the first step towards making all buildings zero energy—a critical step in mitigating climate change, since buildings account for forty percent of material and energy use worldwide.

Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is the first practical guidebook that clearly shows how zero energy homes can be good, livable, affordable homes. The author identifies all the pieces of the zero energy puzzle and how they fall into place, and explains how homeowners and buyers can also take smaller steps towards sharply reducing the energy use of existing buildings. Focusing on real costs and savings, this book takes an in-depth look at:

  • Site selection and passive design
  • Insulation, windows, doors, and building materials
  • Heating and cooling
  • Appliances and electronics
  • Financial resources and incentives

Whether you are a prospective buyer, owner, or developer, Home Sweet Zero Energy Home is your complete guide to creating a more comfortable, efficient, environmentally friendly home without breaking your back or your bank account.

Barry Rehfeld has been a journalist for over thirty years and is the founder of the website Zero Energy Intelligence, where he writes about everything you need to know to build, buy, or renovate a home that produces as much energy as it uses.

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Can you really have a home so efficient that it actually creates all the energy it needs to run? Rehfeld (founder, zeroenergyintelligence.com) makes a strong case for doing just that. Still, he acknowledges the need for greater accessibility to energy-efficient home design and alternative energy sources. While Rehfeld's text is bursting with statistics and success stories, he does not include how-to instruction or specific projects. VERDICT Readers looking for solid justification for a low- or no-energy home will be well served by this title. Those seeking realistic do-it-yourself advice should consider Bruce Harley's Cut Your Energy Bills Now or The Energy-Smart House.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716988
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 972,014
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Barry Rehfeld: has been a journalist for over 30 years and is the founder of zeroenergyintelligence.com where he writes about everything you need to know to build, buy or renovate a home that produces as much energy as it uses. After graduating from college as a mechanical engineer, he worked in power plants, where he saw first-hand the problems of carbon emissions before they became a worldwide issue. His passion for zero energy grew out of a half dozen feature stories he wrote for The New York Times on developing more energy efficient homes.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Free and Clear 1

Chapter 2 Following the Sun 15

The Right Spot 17

The Shape of Things to Come 20

Size Counts 22

Seeing the Light 24

Smart Compromises 26

Growing Energy Efficiency 28

Sustainable Passive Design 29

Chapter 3 Eyes On The Target 39

The Opportunist 42

The Pioneer 44

The "Builders Challenge" Stars 46

Dedicated Leader 47

The Forerunner 49

The Super Salesmen 51

Chapter 4 Out of Sight Efficiency 55

Knowing What It Takes 57

The Best Defenses 58

Fiberglass: Traditional Protection 66

Insulating Concrete Forms: An Alternative Defense 67

It's a Wrap 67

A Continuous Breath of Fresh Air 68

Chapter 5 Taking a Good Look 73

More Than Meets the Eye 76

What Will Get the Best Numbers? 78

Window Treatments 81

Opening the Door to Energy Savings 82

Chapter 6 Cash Backs and Other Green Possibilities 85

Federal 89

State and Local Government and Utilities 89

Private Sector 93

Chapter 7 All-Year All-Electric Comfort 95

Cool Choices 97

Complete Package 100

Chapter 8 Getting Into Hot Water 109

Demand Side Economy 112

Supply Side Efficiency 117

Rare, But Considerable Picks 120

Getting Out of Hot Water, but Into Even More Energy Efficiency 122

Chapter 9 Cool and Bright Ideas Well Done 123

Refrigerators 124

Clothes Dryers 126

Stoves 127

Lighting 128

Chapter 10 Sustaining the Drive 131

Flooring 131

Plumbing 138

Wiring 140

Chapter 11 More Stuff 143

Televisions 145

Computers 147

Overloading 149

Chapter 12 Under Its Own Power 151

Getting It All Together 153

What Will It Cost? 158

What's It Worth? 160

Making A Difference 162

A Word About Wind 163

Sunde Topping 164

Chapter 13 The Ratings Game 165

HERS 167

LEED 171

Resources 175

Notes and References 179

Index 187

About the Author 197

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