Task 40
SHC Task 40

Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings

Towards Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings

Experience and feedback of the IEA SHC Task 40 / ECBCS Annex 52

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 09:00 to 16:00 - Centre des Congrès, Rue Jean Monard, Aix les Bains

Purpose of the Task/Annex

Several International Energy Agency (IEA) countries have adopted a vision of so-called ‘net zero energy buildings’ as long-term goal of their energy policies. However, what is missing is a clear definition and international agreement on the measures of building performance that could inform ‘zero energy’ building policies, programs and industry adoption around the world. The objectives of the joint Task/Annex “Towards Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings” are to study current net-zero, near net-zero and very low energy buildings and to develop a common understanding of a harmonized international definitions framework, tools, innovative solutions and industry guidelines. To achieve this objective the Task/Annex will document and propose practical Net ZEB demonstration projects, with convincing architectural quality.

Purpose of the Workshop

This workshop is planned to present the results and the feedbacks of the Task/Annex about the design of Net Zero Energy Buildings through different case studies. It also proposes an exchange and discussions between the task participants and a large audience composed of people interested in the design process of Net ZEBs.

Workshop Program

09:00 - 09:40 - Guest lecturer
Introduction about Net ZEBs

09:40 - 10:20 - Andreas Athienitis
Modeling and Design of Smart Net ZEBs - integration of active and passive systems

10:20 - 10:40 - Liam O’Brien
Case study: EcoTerra House (Canada)

10:40 - 11:00
Coffee break

11:00 - 11:20 - Sam Yip
Case study: NREL building (USA)

11:20 - 11:40 - Francesco Guarino
Case study: Leaf House (Italy)

11:40 - 12:00 - Shady Attia
Optimization for Net Zero Energy Buildings Design

12:00 - 14:00

14:00 - 14:30 - Salvatore Carlucci
Comfort in Net Zero Energy Buildings

14:30 - 14:50 - Aurélie Lenoir, Costa Kapsis
Case study: ENERPOS building (Reunion Island, France)

14:50 - 15:10 - Jonathan Leclere
Case study: Charpak building (Corsica, France)

15:10 - 15:40 - José Candanedo
Model based predictive control and building grid interactions

15:40 - 16:00
Conclusion of the workshop and discussions

Meeting Documents and Registration

Payment Information

  • Workshop Registration:         60€
  • Students and PhD Students:  40€

Method of payment: Bank transfer at the AICVF. The Bank account details are available here:

For international participants:
Paribas 39, Rue d'Anjou 75008 Paris
RIB : 30004 02499 00010097720 48
IBAN: FR76 3000 4024 9900 0100 9772 048

For French participants:
Coordonnées Bancaires Nationales
Titulaire du compte: AICVF
Association des Ingénieurs en Climatique Ventilation et Froid
66, rue de
Rome 75008 PARIS

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