Sensible Net-Zero by Design
This is the 6th and final blog of this Net-Zero by Design Series. By now it’s plain to understand that a Net-Zero Energy Home is not just any home covered in solar panels, with awful windows and poor insulation. I actually see homes covered in solar panels, every now and then and figure that the homeowner’s first call was to the solar panel salesman. That’s the last call a homeowner should make if a Net-Zero … [Read More...]
Net-Zero by Design - Know Your Low-E Windows SHGC - Part 5
In Part 4 of the Net-Zero Energy Home blog series, we talked about the great advancements we made in the last 10 years to dramatically lower the energy usage of the mechanical system, particularly in hot and humid climates. We also covered creating an optimally insulated thermal, air tight envelope and a quick review of plug load reduction.
Potentially responsible for over 20% … [Read More...]
Net-Zero by Design - Tight Envelope & Smart Insulation - Part 4
In Part 3 of the Net-Zero Energy Home blog series, I addressed the importance of reducing the energy demand of the mechanical system, particularly in hot and humid climates. Before we started designing homes with the ducts in conditioned space, heating and cooling the home consumed two-thirds of the home’s energy bills. That ratio has been greatly reduced in homes built … [Read More...]