A Guide for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

July 14, 2016


Client:  Vlaams EnergieAgentschap (VEA)
Period:  2014
Team: 3E, Visuality


Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) have a very high energy performance and use a very limited amount of primary energy for heating, cooling, sanitary hot water (in housing sector), lighting (in office buildings) and ventilation. The nearly zero or very low amount of energy required is covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources produced on-site or nearby. From 2021 onwards (2019 for public buidlings), Nearly Zero Energy Buildings will become standard in Belgium, and in the EU as a whole.

How to start your NZEB project if you’re a private building owner eager to build a new house according to the NZEB standards? To answer this question, 3E developed a NZEB guide on behalf of the Flemish Energy Agency, supporting building owners all along the process of building an NZEB (the so called “BEN-woning” in Dutch). The building guide describes the entire process: from preparation, over design and execution phase up to the actual building use. The guide is illustrated with practical tips & tricks focusing on the specificity of NZEBs.

This practical guide is designed for residential buildings and oriented towards the building owners. It might also be of interest for professionals of the building sector (architects, contractors…).

Link: https://www.vlaanderen.be/nl/publicaties/detail/praktische-bouwgids-voor-jouw-ben-woning-1-exemplaar