Journal article

Do the numbers stack up? Lessons from a zero carbon housing estate

S Berry, D Whaley, K Davidson, W Saman

Renewable Energy | Elsevier | Published : 2014


Many countries are searching for ways to reduce the energy and carbon impact of housing. The terms net zero-energy home and net zero-carbon home have entered the policy lexicon, without clear definitions and without widespread understanding of the likely policy impact. Is the concept limited to bespoke architect driven buildings for specific green clients, or does it have relevance in the mainstream house building sector and for typical households? When we consider volume house building and contemporary lifestyles, what is the energy end-use reality of so called zero-energy homes? Can government policy instruments deliver housing estates that are thermally comfortable, energy efficient and p..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the support and information provided by Renewal SA, in particular Andrew Bishop and Phil Donaldson, and to acknowledge the many contributors to the house energy monitoring programs carried out by the University of South Australia which has produced the data reported in this paper.