Net Zero Energy Building: Predicted and Unintended Consequences (Paperback)Ming Hu (author)
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What do we mean by net zero energy? Zero operating energy? Zero energy costs? Zero emissions? There is no one answer: approaches to net zero building vary widely across the globe and are influenced by different environmental and cultural contexts.
Net Zero Energy Building: Predicted and Unintended Consequences presents a comprehensive overview of variations in 'net zero' building practices. Drawing on examples from countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, Ming Hu examines diverse approaches to net zero and reveals their intended and unintended consequences.
Existing approaches often focus on operating energy: how to make buildings more efficient by reducing the energy consumed by climate control, lighting, and appliances. Hu goes beyond this by analyzing overall energy consumption and environmental impact across the entire life cycle of a building-ranging from the manufacture of building materials to transportation, renovation, and demolition. Is net zero building still achievable once we look at these factors?
With clear implications for future practice, this is key reading for professionals in building design, architecture, and construction, as well as students on sustainable and green architecture courses.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Number of pages: 162
Weight: 295 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
"Ming Hu has not only given us the history of net-zero buildings and a detailed analysis of their design, but has taken net-zero to the next logical level, demanding "zero-impact" building."
Dr. William W. Braham, FAIA, University of Pennsylvania
"The need for increasingly aggressive energy efficiency goals parallels the rising need to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon Neutrality has given way to Net Zero, a simple standard which Professor Ming Hu lucidly explains in its many achievable and some complex variations. This book will help policy makers pick an interpretation which is both effective and achievable; an essential accessory for this next phase of green design and building."
Ralph Bennett, FAIA, LEED AP (BD&C), Bennett Frank McCarthy Architects, Inc
"Net Zero Building provides practitioners and policymakers the critical expertise and motivation needed for a net zero future in architecture and urbanism. Clear and illustrated chapters provide us with critical expertise on the definitions, the drivers, the quantification, and the innovations that will ensure zero impact through the full life cycle of the built environment. Ming Hu has created an irreplaceable reference for our shared future."
Vivian Loftness, FAIA, University Professor and Paul Mellon Chair in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
"The pitfalls of ecological construction are thus dealt with excellently in a concise manner."
Rijkert Knoppers, www.technischweekblad.nl
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