Tuesday, October 7, 2008

H4H Redefined the State of the Art for Zero Energy Homebuilding

With NREL, Habitat for Humanity has built and tested the simplest Zero Energy home that I've seen to date. Lots to learn from the following final technical report:


Perhaps the most surprising lesson is the poor overall system efficiency of the solar thermal DHW preheat system. It shows that these systems may be hardly worth the effort. Ongoing maintenance for a system like this will further degrade the cost/benefit ratio for this subsystem.

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