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Buildings 2015, 5(1), 56-68;

Building to Net Zero in the Developing World

Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
Department of Architecture and Design, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
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Academic Editor: David Dernie
Received: 13 October 2014 / Accepted: 15 January 2015 / Published: 23 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Buildings, Design and Climate Change)
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This paper discusses the design of a zero energy home in Panama. The standards for zero site energy as well as other performance factors are used as the basis for the analysis. A description of the construction type, energy use, active and renewable systems, and other features of this particular zero energy building are provided to facilitate a better understanding of efficient and sustainable residential design for hot-humid climates. This understanding is critical to facilitating net zero energy building development in developing regions of the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: net zero energy buildings; residential; tropics; Panama net zero energy buildings; residential; tropics; Panama

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Hoque, S.; Iqbal, N. Building to Net Zero in the Developing World. Buildings 2015, 5, 56-68.

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