National project to construct and study zero energy homes

News posted on 17.11.2016 on Insulation

Architectureanddesign.com.au has reported (17/11/2016) on the National Zero Energy Homes project led by Josh Byrne that encourages developers in Australia to build zero energy homes (ZEH).

The National Zero Energy Homes project launched this month by the Cooperative Research Centre of Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) involves the construction of three zero energy homes in new housing developments across Australia. Data will be analysed to measure consumer interest in the ZEH features.

Deo Prasad, chief executive of CRCLCL, said that the data will be used to engage with and inform the construction and development industry of the market potential of ZEHs.

Josh Byrne, environmental scientist and tv presenter, has been researching ZEHs extensively through the Josh's House project and said the new $500,000 project will contribute significantly to achieving a zero carbon future by 2050.

He said that if the approximately 100,000 detached homes built in Australia every year were built along ZEH design principles, total greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 700,000 tonnes per year.

CRCLCL has a range of programs that are on track to meet a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 10 megatons by 2020.