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Zero Energy Buildings

Steven G. Liescheidt, P.E., CCS, CCPR

Buildings have a significant impact on energy use and the environment. The way the zero energy goal is defined affects the choices designers make to achieve this goal and whether they can claim success. This course material shows the design impacts of the definition used for Zero Energy Buildings and the large difference between definitions. It also looks at sample utility rate structures and their impact on the zero energy scenarios.

This course is based on the document Zero Energy Buildings: A Critical Look at The Definition, Conference Paper NREL/CP-550-39833, June 2006.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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