Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

12 Steps to Net Zero

By Brent Sauser

CleanEnergy photo 1I have attached an excellent video from Clifton View Homes that details the 12 steps required to achieve Net Zero.  It is interesting to note that the 12th step is a solar PV system.  Most people who think of going Net Zero might believe that a Solar PV system would be #1.   However, the secret to success in the design and construction of a Net Zero building is to implement passive, low cost features into the design PRIOR to incorporating active expensive systems.  

goals 02I have provided information regarding most every step mentioned in previous articles.  However, sometimes it is more effective to see them working together in one application.  Net Zero is building smarter while incorporating elements of the surrounding environment and seasons of the year into the overall design.  Net Zero strives to strike a balance with the environment, which is to consume less energy than it produces.  At worse, it is neutral with the environment and at best gives something back.  goals 03

This video will provide some added confirmation regarding what is required to achieve a Net Zero solution.


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