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ZNETH (Zero Net Energy Test House)


Situated east of the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, NE is a 2,000 square foot home constructed by University of Nebraska architecture, architectural engineering, and construction management students. The ZNETH project is a collaborative research effort between the College of Architecture, the College of Engineering, the Peter Kiewit Institute, the U.S. Green Building (Flatwater Chapter) and the Green Omaha Coalition.
Several sustainable systems are in place which will allow the ZNETH

project to produce more energy than it consumes. Solar collection devices located on the roof will allow the ZNETH project to collect the suns energy and convert it to electricity. The Geothermal system harnesses the earth’s temperature to be used for heating and cooling during the respective months, and a wind turbine will be used to exchange Nebraska’s windy conditions into energy.

To find out more about this project, read Tim Hemsath's "Zero-Net Energy Building Science Research: Nebraska Housing Case Study" on UNL Digitalcommons.

Nebraska Research Initiative Funding

Interdisciplinary Building Science Research Partners:

  • College of Architecture (UNL)
  • Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction (UNL)
  • College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Department of Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Omaha

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