ZESHZero Energy Solar Homes
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In the case of the ZESH, which will depend on solar thermal energy to heat the DHW, a modified approach could be taken that utilizes these principles.
Since one of the most important tools in designing a ZESH is the building and solar system simulation tool, this section will provide a quick background on the development of these tools.
As we have seen, designing a ZESH involves the coupling of many different systems to achieve an energy-efficient design that also generates on-site energy using renewable energy technologies to satisfy its yearly energy needs.
When determining which software to use to model ZESHs, one needs to consider what level of complexity is required and which tools could best model the coupled simulation of the building and its active solar technologies.