BRACKETING RESIDENTIAL “NET-ZERONESS” DURING DESIGN STAGE
Rohini Brahme, Gregory Dobbs, Thierry Carriere
A net-zero residence is highly dependent on the life- style of the occupants, building construction, equipment operation and maintenance, and the weather conditions. With increasing interest in net-zero energy consumption, it is important to base any claim for the “net-zeroness” of a residence during design-stage on a set of simulation runs instead of just one run for best case scenario (in terms of occupant behavior, equipment maintenance, construction). In the case- study reported herein, these issues were explored while designing a net-zero energy residence. The paper will conclude with identifying influential input parameters and the related output range for the “net-zeroness” of the residence.
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