Toward a Zero Energy Home
A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home
Publication Date: April 2010
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A Zero Energy Home (ZEH) – a home that produces as much energy as it consumes – is an idea whose time has come! Authors David Johnston and Scott Gibson (Green from the Ground Up) explore the design and construction of self-sufficient houses from start to finish. They make the case for a ZEH; cite climate and geographic challenges; describe exactly how to go about building an energy-efficient home; and feature ten houses that were built for zero energy living. With unequaled knowledge and a passion for the subject, the authors walk readers through the process of building and living in a truly green home.
A leader in the green building movement, David Johnston is the author of Green from the Ground Up, lecturer and keynote speaker, and founder of greenbuilding.com. He has received numerous awards for his work, including being named the Environmental Hero for 2004 by Interiors and Sources magazine and Builder of the Year by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Scott Gibson is a freelance writer specializing in building topics and a longtime contributing editor to Fine Homebuilding magazine. He is coauthor of Green from the Ground Up.
"Zero Energy Homes offer a new direction for housing in America. David Johnston & Scott Gibson provide an analysis of the changing building industry and the impact of higher energy costs in their book “Toward a Zero Energy Home”. Zero Energy homes represent a collaboration within the building industry of manufacturers of energy-efficient products, and avant-garde architects and builders. The market is beginning to demand buildings that go beyond conventional energy code and zero energy homes are starting to define the “new green” in the building industry. In “Toward a Zero Energy Home” learn about the techniques and materials used to construct zero or near-zero energy building with 12 case studies in different climate zones across the country." --greenbiz.com
"This comprehensive home energy self-sufficiency guide explores the design of zero-energy, near-zero-energy, off-the-grid and carbon-neutral homes from start to finish, giving readers an unparalleled look at these emerging trends in environmentally friendly building." --Mother Earth News