About the book
The building industry is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, and it is expected that this tendency will not change in the near future unless concrete actions are undertaken. In this context, zero-energy buildings appear as a potential solution to achieve a sustainable development for the future building industry. This holistic concept embraces a variety of specialties, which are related not only to the most relevant technical aspects, but also to the cultural background, historical aspects and social challenges of countries and territories with different degrees of development. This book intends to provide the reader with a view of different aspects that should be taken into account when devising, designing and giving shape to zero-energy buildings. Focus will be placed on the most relevant issues that are related to the technical difficulties present in the industry, the public policy and the academia, as well as on other aspects related to the cultural adaptation and the societal challenges that affect the implementation of zero-energy buildings in different contexts.