- Efficient building construction
- Efficient systems and appliances
- Operations and maintenance
- Change in personal behaviour
What is a Net Zero Energy Home?
A Net Zero Energy (NZE), as defined by the California Energy Commission, is a building for which the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable energy sources is equal to the amount of energy used by the building, over the course of one year.
How to Achieve Net Zero Efficiency
A Net Zero Energy (NZE) building needs to achieve a balance between the on-site production of energy and the energy it consumes over the course of one year. A more efficient home will require less energy to be produced, while a home with high energy requirements will need a larger production capacity.
A Net Zero Energy building is not necessarily an off-the-grid home. In order to respond to peak demands and periods of lower energy production (such as reduced sunlight in winter, for solar), a NZE building may purchase energy from, and sell back to the grid as required.
Easily Reach Net Zero Energy Efficiency
With BONE Structure
By significantly reducing the energy requirements of a home, the BONE Structure construction system allows you to reach Net Zero Energy Efficiency with ease.
Comparing Energy Needs
High-Performance Integrated Design
By considering each home’s unique climate and site conditions, BONE Structure’s design team can make informed decisions about a home’s shape, orientation, and window placement, creating a space that is both energy-efficient and pleasing to live in by maximizing thermal and visual comfort.
BONE Structure’s high-performance design services prioritize comfort and energy efficiency throughout the entire design phase of a home, drastically increasing efficiency in the design workflow. Learn how this process improves the design of your home by downloading the High-Performance Integrated Design brochure.
BONE Structure Net Zero Homes
Green Building F.A.Q.
Did you know?
- Standard BONE Structure airtightness values typically test below 1.0 ACH50, nearing the PassivHaus standard of 0.6 ACH50.
- The BONE Structure construction system relies on composite materials to eliminate thermal bridging throughout the building.
Read more about these details and find much more information on building green in the BONE Structure Green Building FAQ.