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Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Posted by Macie Melendez on August 31, 2015
Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the West. Across North America, the growing numbers of net zero energy and Passive House buildings reflect a rising concern with climate change. As Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new, free e-book—demonstrates, Passive House is an ideal way to reach net zero.

The international Passive House Standard makes extremely comfortable, durable, healthy, and affordable buildings in a growing array of shapes and uses. To provide inspiration, Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables features a wide range of North American Passive House buildings, from homes to apartments, schools, and even a dental clinic. All use very little energy. By optimizing and lowering energy demand, these buildings become the most sensible net zero candidates. Many of the buildings shown in the book have incorporated renewables to become net zero and others are net zero capable.

The book was written and edited by Mary James of Low Carbon Productions and produced by Tad Everhart of CertiPHiers Cooperative, in collaboration with NAPHN and the Passive House Institute. The projects are noted as beacons—leading the way. There is also a chapter on leading regions, which span from Tyrol, Austria to New York and Vancouver, British Columbia. There is a primer on Passive House as well as a clear explanation of why Passive House is the ideal foundation for net zero energy buildings, ending with the most important reason of all:

“With Passive House as a basis for all Net Zero Energy Buildings—and energy-plus buildings—the energy revolution is possible, and we can avoid catastrophic climate change!”

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables is being distributed by the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN).

NAPHN is distributing this book in the hopes that its examples will inspire architects, builders, cities, and regions to take action to halt climate change. NAPHN was created in 2013 to share Passive House resources and information across North America.

See the new eBook here.

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