Journal article

Near zero energy homes - What do users think?

S Berry, D Whaley, K Davidson, W Saman

Energy Policy | Elsevier | Published : 2014

Abstract

With policy directions firmly moving towards net zero energy homes, what do we know about the perceptions and experiences of households who already live in homes at or near that standard? The research sets out to determine whether householders believe these buildings are thermally comfortable, and if they feel confident operating the smart technologies that help achieve the net zero energy outcome? Combining interviews from 25 households and monitored energy data from over 50 near zero energy homes, this paper examines the validity of this policy goal from the building user perspective. The evidence shows households attain high levels of thermal comfort, enjoy lower energy bills, and believe..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the funding and support provided by the CSIRO's Intelligent Grid Cluster. They would also like to thank the support and information provided by Renewal SA, in particular Andrew Bishop and Phil Donaldson. Finally, the authors also wish to thank Dr Anne Sharp, University of South Australia, for her valuable advice and assistance in shaping the Lochiel Park residents' interview design.