1st Edition

Net-Zero and Positive Energy Communities Best Practice Guidance Based on the ZERO-PLUS Project Experience

Edited By Shabtai Isaac, Isaac Meir, Gloria Pignatta Copyright 2024
    224 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a methodology for the design, construction, monitoring, optimization, and post-occupancy evaluation of net-zero and positive-energy communities based on the experiences gained in the EU Horizon 2020 ZERO-PLUS project. It describes the steps, tools, and methods developed during the project, providing practical information for the energy and construction sector that will be of interest to students, engineers, architects, developers, and professionals working around high performance architecture and sustainable communities.

    Through the ZERO-PLUS project, a consortium of 32 partners from eight countries, including academic institutions, technology providers, architects, and construction companies, designed four communities covering completely different geo-climatic regions, construction practices, and cultural backgrounds in Cyprus, Italy, France, and the UK. The communities were designed, optimized, constructed, monitored, handed over to tenants, post-occupancy evaluated, and troubleshooted through a system of continuous collaboration and data acquisition. This book presents these case studies and shows how the project targets of reducing electricity consumption below 20 kWh/m2/y, increasing electricity production from Renewable Energy Systems to over 50 kWh/m2/y, and at cheaper costs when compared to current zero-energy buildings were reached and surpassed. These cases demonstrate that a holistic and interactive approach to design and construction can bring communities a high standard of sustainability.

    The key features of the book include:

    • Practical guidance drawn from the interdisciplinary, international, and remote cooperation between experts from academia and industry across the construction sector
    • A survey of the state-of-the-art on net-zero and positive-energy communities, including the experience and the lessons learned from previous projects and from the ZERO-PLUS project
    • Descriptions of novel emerging renewable energy technologies, integrated into real case study communities to achieve the energy generation target of the communities
    • A comprehensive set of approaches, tools, guidelines, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned from the five-year ZERO-PLUS project and the completion of four residential case studies to inform the reader of how to achieve affordable net-zero energy communities
    • Four typologies of residential communities located in different climatic conditions are presented, touching on the critical aspects of the design, construction, monitoring, and occupancy phase
    • A discussion of future trends for developing communities that are more liveable, accessible, and sustainable and which can comply with new energy policies in a way that is affordable for the owners and residents.

    Foreword  (SHABTAI ISAAC, ISAAC MEIR, AND GLORIA PIGNATTA) Chapter 1  Introduction to net-zero and positive-energy communities (KHAN RAHMAT ULLAH AND MATTHEOS SANTAMOURIS) Chapter 2 Background: the current energy community implementation state in the EU (ANNA LAURA PISELLO , CRISTINA PISELLI , AND BENEDETTA PIOPPI) Chapter 3 Methodology: the ZERO-PLUS approach (MORNA ISAAC AND SHABTAI ISAAC) Chapter 4 Part 1: UK case study (RAJAT GUPTA , MATT GREGG , AND OWEN DAGGETT) Part 2: Energy modeling of positive-energy dwellings (RAJAT GUPTA AND MATT GREGG) Chapter 5 Part 1: Italian case study (GLORIA PIGNATTA) Part 2: Community-level strategies for microclimate mitigation and energy effi ciency improvement (CRISTINA PISELLI , SILVIA CAVAGNOLI , ANNA LAURA PISELLO, CLAUDIA FABIANI, AND FRANCO COTANA) Chapter 6 Part 1: The Cypriot case study (SALVATORE CARLUCCI , IOANNA KYPRIANOU , AND PANAYIOTIS PAPADOPOULOS) Part 2: Production and installation planning (WEN PAN AND SHABTAI ISAAC) 7 Part 1: French case study (SHABTAI ISAAC) Part 2: Project and design management – best practices and tools (SHABTAI ISAAC) Chapter 8 Part 1: Concentrating solar energy – the FAE system (FABIO MARIA MONTAGNINO) Part 2: Bot-based building design (BROOKE SPREEN AND SVEN KOEHLER) Part 3: Solar air-conditioning – the Freescoo system (PIETRO FINOCCHIARO) 9 Monitoring and evaluation of the performance of positive-energy communities (DIONYSIA KOLOKOTSA , ANGELIKI MAVRIGIANNAKI, AND KONSTANTINOS GOMPAKIS) Chapter 10 Post-occupancy evaluation: the missing link (ISAAC MEIR) Conclusions, or a more critical rethinking of the project (ISAAC MEIR, SHABTAI ISAAC, AND GLORIA PIGNATTA)


    Shabtai Isaac is a Senior Lecturer in Project Management at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

    Isaac Meir is Architect, Town Planner, Archaeologist, and Professor at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

    Gloria Pignatta is Scientia Lecturer and City Futures Research Centre (CFRC) Fellow (2021–2024) in the School of Built Environment (BE), Faculty of Arts, Design, and Architecture (ADA), at University of New South Wales, Australia.