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What’s in a Window? ZNE Homes & Others

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Martin Holladay and his loyal blog followers have served up an even richer and more nuanced discussion than usual in the recent windows-for-ZNE-homes dialogue on GreenBuildingAdvisor. Excellent, thoughtful, in-depth commentary, all the better because it reinforces a couple of points that I can’t seem to make often enough:

  • Simple geometry is crucial for ZNE homes; and conversely, complexity is the enemy of ZNE, compromising thermal performance along with enclosure integrity and comfort; much more could be said about this!
  • Windows for ZNE homes need not be ultra-expensive Euro models, they must be good quality and intelligently chosen and designed for the climate.


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green building consultant; owner/founder, Design AVEnues LLC

Ann V. Edminster, M. Arch., LEED AP, is a leading green building consultant, speaker, teacher, and author. Her recent work and award-winning book, Energy Free: Homes for a Small Planet, focus on net-zero energy homes. Ann has taught for groups including AIA, USGBC, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Southern California Edison. Ann’s consulting clients include major builders, software companies, design firms, developers, public agencies, utilities, investors, and homeowners. She has held key roles on numerous award-winning residential projects of all types.

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