Design phase is crucial when building zero energy homes
As zero energy homes become more popular, it’s crucial to understand the design, building and operation of a zero energy home. Zero energy homes greatly reduce energy usage through design and construction practices in order to generate as much energy on an annual basis as the home consumes.
Even if a zero energy home is not your immediate goal, homeowners can still implement many of these techniques to achieve a home that uses less energy, therefore reducing your energy bills and your carbon footprint.
This video, presented by the Florida Solar Energy Center, discusses the role of shading, solar orientation and material selection in leading up to minimizing heating use with passive solar design. In addition, selecting a highly efficient water heater can greatly reduce energy demands and save money over the life of the unit. Solar water heating units and tankless systems are both growing in popularity.