Net zero project for school

Discussion in 'Building a Net Zero Energy Home' started by Paulina, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Paulina

    Paulina New Member

    Aug 11, 2017
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    I will soon go back to school for my last year in the "Gymnasium" (I'm from Sweden) and during the last year you usually make one big project of your choice but in the field of what you're studying. I'm studying technology with focus on design and productdevolopment.
    As my project I was thinking of creating/designing a city/or just a home with what I´ve learned is your vision(and now business); to have zero inpact on the world, or atleast close to.

    My question is now,
    What should I think of when starting this project?
    What should I prioritate?
    How do I know what materials to use? (for example)
    Good links/books of information on this?

    Everything you can think of that might be helpful I would be glad to get. I will ofcourse do some research myself but I was thinking it could be helpful if I wrote this here since most of the people on here have an interest in this or have done a journey themself of creating and maybe even designed a house.

    Thanks in advance,
  2. Arvind Vermani

    Arvind Vermani New Member

    Jan 18, 2018
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    Hi Paulina - happy new year! I am starting on this journey myself and though not an expert I have started pulling together information from a few sources. I found the following readings good to form an initial view of the sector.
    1. Green Building Economic Impact Study 2015 by Booz Allen Hamilton
    2. Modular Building and the USGBC’s LEED by the MBI
    3. The Blue-Collar Green-Building Boom by Charles Lockwood
    4. Building the Green Way by Charles Lockwood
    Both of the last two articles are a bit old but list out some good references.

    I'm very interested in the topic and would be happy to exchange ideas on what are you want to pursue. Personally I think zero (or net positive) energy homes and buildings are going to become the standard way that most societies build in the future. The way to get to the standard of engineering and construction required will be via modular building. There are hurdles - chiefly perception of modular buildings as being "sub-standard" and the higher initial costs of building well designed and engineered buildings.

    I hope some of the more experienced members on this board can pitch in and give us more information.

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