Sustainable Design for the 21st Century

Net Zero Design 101 – What You Need to Know

By Brent Sauser

As approaches the 10,000 subscriber milestone it makes sense to periodically review the fundamental principles of Net Zero and how to implement them.  The ultimate goal is to design and construct a building that produces as much (or more) energy on-site as it consumes over the course of a year.  With costs continuing to come down for photovoltaic (PV) systems as well as for other sustainable systems, it is now much easier to build Net Zero.  However, careful planning and implementation of passive energy principles are required to help to keep the costs down for more expensive active systems.

Green Energy Futures of Canada has produced a series of Net Zero videos to reinforce the best strategies to achieve a Net Zero solution.  The following video is called, “The Secret of Builidng Super Energy Efficient Net Zero Homes”.  I will be sharing more of these Net Zero videos from time to time.


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