Net-Zero by Design – HVAC Sizing – Part 3 In Part 2 of the Net-Zero Energy Home series we discussed the importance of the home’s orientation as well as the uniqueness of the effort to get to Net-Zero. Energy Smart Home Plans is very proud of the fact that we’ve designed so many Net-Zero Energy
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
Custom Home Design – Inside/Outside – Part 5 – In our last blog, Custom Home Design – Part 4, we asked a number of questions about the proposed kitchen and owner’s suite. Throughout the upcoming Preliminary Design task, we often revisit these rooms as necessary since the client’s ideas often evolve once we begin discovering.
What is a True Net-Zero Energy Home? The term Net-Zero is used so frequently to describe any energy-efficient home today, that the term is becoming watered down to simply mean “green whatever.” The term Net-Zero Energy, has a precise meaning, which basically is, the home produces as much energy as it consumes over a 12