TBuilding zero or near zero net energy homes is a trending subject, and there has been a lot in the news lately about green living, and how homes can be designed and constructed in a sustainable way. Electric power is a sustainable choice that makes sense, as “electricity is the currency of renewable energy”. If the goal is to decarbonize, electricity is an effective way to do that.
Those considering either building a new sustainable home, or doing a substantial renovation to an existing home, may weigh-in the benefits of going all-electric, both from an eco-efficiency standpoint and a home efficiency perspective. And installation of solar panels and a geothermal system in conjunction allows maximizing the benefits of both technologies while enabling complete energy independence from fossil fuels. This also means freedom from costly (and rising) utility bills.
In this learning program, the reasons and potential benefits of all electric homes will be examined, with an overview of the energy-efficiency measures that can be employed to minimize operating costs. The means and methods of displacing fossil fuel with electricity will be explained. The included case study illustrates the combined benefits of incorporating solar power with heat pumps in an efficient, award-winning new all-electric home.
- Understand the reasons for, and benefits of, new all-electric homes
- Learn about energy-efficiency measures to minimize operating costs
- Absorb how to intelligently/economically displace fuel with electricity, including domestic hot water and space conditioning
- Review case study of an all-electric new construction Near Zero Energy home, with heat pumps and solar power
Speaker: Jean-Pierre Clejan, NABCEP, IGSHPA, Technology Executive, GreenLogic Energy
Credits: 1.0 AIA LU-HSW / GBCI / PDH
Course Number: AIA 500SOL GBCI 0920026120