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Net zero energy buildings: Expense or investment?

Net zero energy buildings: Expense or investment?
Net zero energy buildings: Expense or investment?

With the objective of reducing the heavy consumption of building sector, sustainable policies around the world promote, for the future, the construction of zero-energy or nearly zero-energy buildings. Higher investment in efficient technologies for energy saving and exploitation of renewables, however, can cause doubts about the real convenience of these "new generation" buildings. Based on the analysis of a case study under development, this paper demonstrates that a zero-energy building represents an affordable investment cost, especially if integrated with photovoltaics.

Net zero energy building, Photovoltaics, Techno-economic evaluation
1876-6102
1331-1336
Adhikari, R.S.
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Aste, N.
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Del Pero, C.
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Manfren, M.
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Adhikari, R.S.
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Aste, N.
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Del Pero, C.
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Manfren, M.
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Adhikari, R.S., Aste, N., Del Pero, C. and Manfren, M. (2012) Net zero energy buildings: Expense or investment? Energy Procedia, 14, 1331-1336. (doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.12.887).

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Abstract

With the objective of reducing the heavy consumption of building sector, sustainable policies around the world promote, for the future, the construction of zero-energy or nearly zero-energy buildings. Higher investment in efficient technologies for energy saving and exploitation of renewables, however, can cause doubts about the real convenience of these "new generation" buildings. Based on the analysis of a case study under development, this paper demonstrates that a zero-energy building represents an affordable investment cost, especially if integrated with photovoltaics.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 8 March 2012
Keywords: Net zero energy building, Photovoltaics, Techno-economic evaluation

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Local EPrints ID: 413996
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413996
ISSN: 1876-6102
PURE UUID: 778f8981-ffac-401a-98ba-f609a3cd8aac
ORCID for M. Manfren: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1438-970X

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Date deposited: 12 Sep 2017 16:31
Last modified: 22 Oct 2019 00:26

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Author: R.S. Adhikari
Author: N. Aste
Author: C. Del Pero
Author: M. Manfren ORCID iD

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