A review of possible health concerns associated with zero net energy homes

Timothy L. Hemsath, Anna Walburn, Andrew Jameton, Matthew Gulsvig

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The purpose of this paper is to identify potential human health concerns that may arise from the increasing popularity of zero net energy homes (ZNEH) a form of high-performance green building in the US. Since high levels of energy consumption are not sustainable, ZNEH has the potential to reduce the environmental impact without penalty to occupants by providing a healthy home environment at low energy inputs. The premise of this article is that ZNEHs can indeed maintain high levels of health while reducing energy consumption. However, the potential for health impacts must be investigated. In this brief essay, main health questions that might arise in relationship to ZNEHs are reviewed. In addition, potential areas for additional research on zero net energy homes and their effects on human health are identified. This topic remains in its infancy and is a viable area of research that will benefit greatly from additional research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-400
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Energy
  • Green building
  • Public health
  • Sustainability
  • Zero net energy homes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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