Zero Energy Buildings: A Critical Look at the Definition; Preprint

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A net zero-energy building (ZEB) is a residential or commercial building with greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy needs can be supplied with renewable technologies. Despite the excitement over the phrase ''zero energy'', we lack a common definition, or even a common understanding, of what it means. In this paper, we use a sample of current generation low-energy buildings to explore the concept of zero energy: what it means, why a clear and measurable definition is needed, and how we have progressed toward the ZEB goal.

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Torcellini, P.; Pless, S.; Deru, M. & Crawley, D. June 1, 2006.

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A net zero-energy building (ZEB) is a residential or commercial building with greatly reduced energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy needs can be supplied with renewable technologies. Despite the excitement over the phrase ''zero energy'', we lack a common definition, or even a common understanding, of what it means. In this paper, we use a sample of current generation low-energy buildings to explore the concept of zero energy: what it means, why a clear and measurable definition is needed, and how we have progressed toward the ZEB goal.

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  • To be presented at ACEEE Summer Study, 14-18 August 2006, Long Beach, California

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Torcellini, P.; Pless, S.; Deru, M. & Crawley, D. Zero Energy Buildings: A Critical Look at the Definition; Preprint, article, June 1, 2006; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc892460/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.