The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) completed HouseZero, a sustainable house project designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta, that produces more energy over its life cycle than it consumes.
This renovated structure was retrofitted in a pre-1940s house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It has hundreds of sensors to continually monitor energy performance and research data for sustainable architecture.
According to Inhabitat.com, the goal of this structure is to meet “zero-energy targets for heating and cooling, use zero electric lighting during the day, produce zero carbon emissions, and operate with 100% natural ventilation.”
HouseZero will work as a prototype and research tool for an energy-positive and efficient architecture. “By creating both a prototype and an infrastructure for long-term research, we hope to raise interest in ultra-efficient retrofits and inspire substantial shifts in the design and operating of buildings,” said Ali Malkawi, the founding director of CGBC.
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