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NetZero energy homes
energy simulaiton
energy monitoring
stakeholder analysis
Type of item
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Li, Hong Xian
Supervisor and department
Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein/Dr. Mustafa Gül (Civil and Environmental)
Examining committee member and department
Dr. SangUk Han (Civil and Environmental)
Dr. J.J. Roger Cheng (Civil and Environmental)
Dr. Ahmed Bouferguene (Faculty St. Jean)
Dr. Zhiliang Ma (Tsingua University, Beijing China)
Dr. Mohamed Al-Hussein(Civil and Environmental)
Dr. Mustafa Gül (Civil and Environmental)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
Date accepted
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Doctor of Philosophy
Degree level
NetZero Energy Homes (NZEHs) have emerged as a promising solution able to alleviate the energy strain that residential buildings exert on limited natural resources, thereby reducing the detrimental impact on the environment. Since the Government of Canada announced the NetZero energy healthy housing initiative in 2005, and the NetZero energy home coalition fostered the long-term vision that all new homes be built to net zero energy standards by 2030, many efforts have been made to realize this ambitious goal. Meaningful progress has been made in this regard; however, there still exist outstanding questions that must be answered: after the residential housing industry invests in the development of NZEHs, are customers willing to buy? What are the impacts of NZEHs on stakeholders? Based on the state of the art, how can NZEH design be improved? What are the effective means to improve the actual performance of NZEHs? In response to these important questions, this research is developed to achieve the following objectives: (1) to identify market acceptance and impacts on stakeholders of NZEHs through stakeholder analysis; (2) to investigate energy performance of design scenarios through energy simulation; (3) to assess and analyze the actual energy performance of NZEHs, based on sensor data collected using continuous monitoring; and (4) to conduct energy calibration and cost analysis in order to improve NZEH design by integrating the energy simulation, energy monitoring, and survey results. The holistic knowledge gained through the study and analysis can be employed to promote NZEHs, and to improve the design and operation of NZEHs.
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