Achieving a zero carbon design

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by Leying Gao, Environment II

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With the increasing of people’s awareness about environmental protection, it’s more and more needed to design buildings with positive influence to environment.

In this assignment, I tried to demonstrate how a design can become a zero, or near-zero energy building. The main goal of my design is to reduce the environmental impact of the building ( and of the occupants ) and contribute positively to the environment, with reasonable and detailed proofs. As a result, some requirements about achieving zero carbon design are below:

  • Thermal comfort should be achieved in all seasons, through all rooms in the dewlling
  • Minimal reliance on artificial heating and cooling operations
  • Minimum of life cycle energy
  • 100% self-sufficiency of electricity through the whole building
  • 90% self-sufficiency through reuse and recovery of rainwater and grey water
  • On-site water management.
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