Australian Zero Emission Demonstration House

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Foliente, Greg; Ambrose, Michael; Chen, Dong; Ren, Zhengen


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Architecture Technique





Energy use in buildings is responsible for 26% of Australia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the primary cause of peak energy demand on the electricity network. Nearly half of these emissions are produced from energy used in residential buildings. Although the residential building sector is not the largest contributor to GHG emissions in Australia, it is one of the fastest-growing sources due to population growth, the trend of smaller family sizes, and the desire for more comfortable indoor environment. Between 1990 and 2020 the number of households is forecast to increase by 61 %, from six million to almost 10 million. Consequently, to achieve Australia’s 5% and 80% GHG emission reduction targets in 2020 and 2050 respectively from the 2000 level requires dramatic GHG emissions reduction from both the new and existing residential building stocks. In 2007, CSIRO’s Energy Transformed Flagship initiated the Australian Zero Emission House (AusZEH) project to demonstrate and evaluate how low carbon housing can be achieved in Australia to reduce GHG emissions from the housing sector and create a more sustainable future for the nation. As part of the AusZEH project, the first AusZEH Demonstration House is a 4 bedroom detached 8-star energy rated home that aims to deliver a residential home with a net zero footprint.

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Foliente, Greg; Ambrose, Michael; Chen, Dong; Ren, Zhengen. Australian Zero Emission Demonstration House. Architecture Technique. 2011; 204-205(9-10 1):139-143.

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