PASSIVHAUS AND NET ZERO ENERGY RESIDENTIAL DESIGNS IN A COLD CLIMATE: A SIMULATION BASED DESIGN PROCESS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF GREEN HOMES
Mahdokht Soltaniehha, Jon A. Gardzelewski, Gang Tan, Anthony Denzer
Today’s residential construction industry is capable of producing exceptionally high performing houses that far exceed compliance with local building codes. We feel that setting a target of Net-Zero Energy (NZE) is feasible in the US considering the design and construction technology available. This paper is part of an extensive project focusing on residential construction utilizing Passivhaus strategies with an emphasis on solar design and a target of Net- Zero energy use. The focus of this paper is on the role of simulation as a design aid in developing guidelines relating to building form, orientation, glazing, and roof area for solar electrical and thermal systems.
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