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cutaway view of the Net-Zero Energy house

Science Afternoon


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Science Afternoon

Focus on Solar Energy

Why a net-zero energy house? Uncertainty in the realized performance of green buildings is a barrier to increased adoption and investment in energy and environmental savings technologies. NIST's new Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility will provide a platform for comprehensive and accurate measurements that will be used to assess the in-situ performance of a net-zero energy home. This project will outfit the test facility with a full suite of high-quality monitoring equipment, measure its energy use, evaluate integrated performance metrics for net-zero energy homes, and publish a guideline for designing, operating, and monitoring net-zero energy homes.

With the increased confidence in the measurements as a result of this experiment, homeowners such as, teachers and engineers, can make informed choices about energy use in our own homes.

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