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Passive House And Net Zero: The Zero E House

Passive House And Net Zero: The Zero E House | green design | Scoop.it

The Zero E House was designed by Neil Burford and Alex Pearson of Joseph Thurrott Architects of Dundee, Scotland.

The architects envisioned a home constructed of timber, zinc, and polycarbonate cladding, with cross-laminated timber (CLT) structural walls. CLT –which has been used in Europe for a decade or so, but has yet to see widespread use in North America — is an engineered mass timber product that bears little resemblance to traditional wood. It is composed of dense, solid panels of wood engineered for strength through layers of laminations that meet (and in some cases exceed) the performance of reinforced concrete, but with less ecological impact.

These walls, combined with hemp fiber insulation, form the tight, highly insulated building envelope necessary to keep heating and cooling costs to an absolute minimum, as per Passive House strategy, while putting less demand on the home’s renewable energy systems in order to achieve net zero status...


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Rio+20: Reflections on the way forward for sustainable business

Rio+20: Reflections on the way forward for sustainable business | green design | Scoop.it
Tell us what you think the way forward for progressive business post Rio+20 is in the comment thread below (More relections on the Rio+20 summit. Fossil fuel subsidies remanin in place - check.
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Ronny felt elephant toys by Daniel Böttcher for Formverleih

Ronny felt elephant toys by Daniel Böttcher for Formverleih | green design | Scoop.it

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