Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB)

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB)

Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation

1st Edition - March 26, 2018

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  • Author: Shady Attia
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124628
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128124611

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Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation provides readers with the elements they need to understand, combine and contextualize design decisions on Net Zero Energy Buildings. The book is based on learned lessons from NZEB design, construction, operation that are integrated to bring the most relevant topics, such as multidisciplinarity, climate sensitivity, comfort requirements, carbon footprints, construction quality and evidence-based design. Chapters introduce the context of high performance buildings, present overviews of NZEB, cover the performance thresholds for efficient buildings, cover materials, micro-grid and smart grids, construction quality, performance monitoring, post occupancy evaluation, and more.

Key Features

  • Offers a roadmap for engaging in energy efficiency in high performance buildings projects
  • Combines solid grounding in core concepts, such as energy efficiency, with a wider context that includes the technical, socio-cultural and environmental dimensions
  • Covers key areas for decision-making
  • Provides a logical framework to analyze projects in the context of environmental change
  • Presents worldwide examples and cases for different climates and societies


Professionals in the AEC industries: Building Engineers and Professionals, Developers and Building Owners, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Property Managers, graduate students and academics

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Evolution of NZEB Definition
    3. NZEB Performance Thresholds
    4. Design Process and Tools
    5. Occupant Comfort and Indoor Environmental Quality
    6. Materials
    7. Systems
    8. Micro-Grid/Smart Grid
    9. Construction Quality
    10. Performance Monitoring, Post Occupancy Evaluation, and Occupant Behavior
    11. Case Studies
    12. NZEB Roadmap and Tools

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2018
  • Published: March 26, 2018
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128124628
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128124611

About the Author

Shady Attia

Prof. Dr. Attia is an architectural and building engineer specialized in decision support for sustainable building design and construction. His area of expertise is zero energy buildings and regenerative design. In 2014, he joined Liège University and established the Sustainable Buildings Design (SBD) Laboratory. The lab is focused on integrative sustainable development and research in buildings’ energy efficiency, thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality, energy simulation, rating systems, performance auditing and liability. The lab's focus is identifying and evaluating efficiency measures, performance-based building design and monitoring as a decision support methodology that uses tools and methods to set the whole building performance and life cycle. He was a member of the International Energy Agency Task 40 Team: Towards Net Zero Energy Buildings and Task 51 Solar Energy and Urban Planning. Also he is an active member in ASHRAE, IBPSA, SBSE and USGBC, serves as a reviewer for one international journal beside the PLEA conferences. He participated in two IEA Tasks and published more than 50 peer reviewed publications in books, journal papers and conferences. Dr. Attia works also as an independent consultant in the area of building energy efficiency and sustainability. As registered architect, and LEED accredited professional he worked with several governments for building efficiency programs as well as building design and energy consulting companies. He provided consultation and technical support for several LEED and High Performance Building Designs in Belgium, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Switzerland and Djibouti. His tailor made solutions, expertise in Building Energy Modelling and Monitoring and Environmental Impact Assessment helped his clients to provide green building services. He also trained, supervised and built up team capacity for engineers in companies and green building councils such as Morocco, Jordan, Lebanon and Qatar.

Affiliations and Expertise

Canadian International Development Agency, Hull, Quebec, Canada

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  • ShadyAttia Fri Sep 13 2019

    A route map for NZEB

    The most important elements of Attia’s work was developed based on the International Energy Agency Annex 40 on Net Zero Energy Buldings. These were complemented by additional research into real case studies, design reviews and continous monitoring of NZEBs. The book provide a very good mix between theoretical knoweldge and hands-on practical experience through many well-documented case studies and conversations with contractors and facilty managers. All of these elements have been integrated in the publication which forms part of the his publication series on net-zero energy buidlgins.