When well-designed, quality built homes are combined with roof top solar power it’s possible for a house to meet its own net energy needs across the year. Known as a Zero Energy Home, or ZEH, they have a reduced reliance on heating and cooling, they have improved occupant comfort and they address the very real concerns of rising energy prices and climate change.

A two-year research project funded by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Low Carbon Living and led by Dr Josh Byrne  has been set up to better understand the construction cost implications and consumer interest of Zero Energy Homes (ZEH) in Australia. The project will follow four land developers and builders in four different states, with each of them embarking on the design and construction of a zero energy display home in their respective residential developments.

The research team from Curtin University and the CSIRO will provide design and technical support to the builders using modelling to assess the expected performance of the final designs. They will also track the construction costs to determine the price impacts of design and technology features. Once the homes are built a detailed survey of potential home buyers will be undertaken to assess the level of market interest. The research findings will inform state and commonwealth government policy initiatives and are expected to generate significant interest from industry.

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Series Introduction

When well-designed, quality built homes are combined with roof top solar power it’s possible for a house to meet its own energy needs across the year. Known as a Zero Energy Home, or ZEH, they have a reduced reliance on heating and cooling, they have improved occupant comfort and they address the very real concerns of rising energy prices and climate change. But how do we make this mainstream? What does cost and is the market interested?