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Green Book Review – Toward a Zero Energy Home

by Hilary Sopata, LEED AP

Toward a Zero Energy Home
A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home
by David Johnston and Scott Gibson

Toward a Zero Energy Home to the lay person would be all about solar and wind energy, but it is so much more than that!  I learned about a butterfly roof which is a V-shaped roof – the opposite of a peaked roof.  It is a way to hide photo-voltaic panels and solar hot water heater panels from ground-level view and a way to collect water for landscape irrigation.  Butterfly roofs also have a deep overhang to keep the inside of the house cool during summer months.

The authors delve into other issues like home orientation, insulation, passive solar design, and air exchange among other things.  The book is filled with case studies and photos of the discussed practices put to use in real-life scenarios.  You can live in a single family home or in a high-rise to benefit from reading this book, and you don’t have to be over the top green to put the practices to use.  Therefore, I think Toward a Zero Energy Home is a good read for most people.

I enjoy a green book where I can learn new things.  While not trying to be everything to everybody, Toward a Zero Energy Home is more than first glance would imply.  Overall, I think this book is interesting and worth the read.

Johnston, David and Gibson, Scott. (2010). Toward a Zero Energy Home.  The Taunton Press. ISBN 978-1-60085-143-8


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