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Author Hu, Ming, 1975- author

Title Net zero energy building : predicted and unintended consequences / Ming Hu
Published Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Contents Cover; Half Title; Praise; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; Foreword; Preface; Chapter 1: The evolution of net zero energy building; Background and ecological origin: ecological economics; 1930-1969: early solar house; 1970-1989: first energy crisis and the emergence of net zero energy building; 1990-2006: second energy crisis and the consensus on net zero energy building; 2007-2010: financial crisis and rapid development of net zero energy building; 2011-2017: financial recovery and blooming of net zero energy building
2018-beyond: net zero energy buildingConclusion; Chapter 2: Principles of zero: metrics and assessment; Existing definitions of net zero buildings; The equation behind the definitions; Existing energy calculation methods; Measurement metrics; Conclusion; Chapter 3: Predicted impact of net zero building; Trends and opportunities; Direct benefits of net zero building; Indirect benefits of net zero building; Cultural-social shift: impact on community; Conclusion; Chapter 4: Unintended consequences of net zero building from a life cycle perspective; Net energy and its ecological economic origin
Responsive materials and systemsConclusion; Chapter 7: Zero impact building: new framework based on life cycle assessment; Problems of existing net zero definitions; Life cycle energy assessment; Additional impact indicators; Proposed definition of net zero impact building from a life cycle perspective; Proposed evaluation framework for net zero impact building; Scenario analysis; Conclusion; Chapter 8: Carbon-neutral development and net zero impact building: case studies; Carbon-neutral city and district; Three case studies; Conclusion; Index
Unintended consequence one: environmental impact associated with embodied energyUnintended consequence two: societal impact-more suburban sprawl and a green lifestyle?; Unintended consequence three: ecological degradation; Conclusion; Chapter 5: Future drivers and economics; Environmental drivers; Regulatory drivers: mandates, regulations, and incentives; Human health drivers; Technology drivers: smart building; Economic drivers: the cost debate; Conclusion; Chapter 6: Advanced building materials and systems: smart green building; Nanotechnology; Phase-changing technologies
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Ming Hu is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland, USA. She teaches technology courseswhichfocus on the integration of architectural design with structural, materials, and building performance assessment. She is an architectural practitioner, educator, and researcher with expertise in high-performance building design, life cycle assessment, building performance measurement, and benchmarking. She has more than14 years' experience of working on international high-profile projectsin firms includingHOK's Washington, DC office. Her background includes training in the architectural discipline and years of practice across disciplines, which gives her a unique perspective and ability to weave these fields together in her research
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Subject Building -- Social aspects
Buildings -- Environmental aspects
Sustainable buildings
Sustainable construction
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